“Growing your own food is like printing your own money.”
In an age where food is produced in centralized, sterilized, homogenized factories that process the nutrients away and deliver empty calories to a diseased population, Ron Finley understands that the solution to the processed food problem is to inspire community members to grow their own non-processed food right on their own streets, yards and vacant lots. You can’t get more local, after all, than growing food right on the curbway in front of your front door.
“If kids grow kale, kids eat kale,” he declares. “If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes.”
It’s simple yet elegant: get kids involved in growing their own food and you simultaneously improve their health, their self-reliance and their dignity all while giving them the freedom to extricate themselves from the processed food factories that would enslave us all if we allow them. To have the skills and confidence to grow your own food is to live as a free man, even as a system of food dependence and spiraling disease tries to suck you in and victimize you for its own corporate profit.