Urban Gardening-Ron Finley-New Year Thoughts

Urban gardening is becoming the in thing to do.  Have you ever heard of a “food desert”?  A food desert is defined by Wikipedia as  “an area where affordable healthy food is difficult to obtain, particularly for those without access to an automobile”. In our inner cities people suffer from a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables. I discovered the Youtube video below about Urban Gardening and Food Deserts. Watch it! Ron Finley is very inspiring and entertaining.  He says  “Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do!”

People in our inner cities want fresh vegetables and “growing” experiences. Community gardens in vacant lots can provide lots of fruits and vegetables for everyone. Besides the food, the gardening provides exercise and the opportunity to build communities. Master Gardeners are helping wherever they can to get these gardens started.

Make an Urban Gardening Commitment for the New Year

If you live in a city contact the local Master Gardeners to find out what opportunities exist in urban gardening. Then volunteer to help. Here is link to find  Master Gardeners  in California.  It will be an enriching experience in more ways than one! If you have your own yard make a commitment to plant some Urban Gardening-Grow Flowersflowers, bushes or vegetables this year. If it feels overwhelming start off small.  Learn all about what you decide to plant.  Ask any question to the Ask An Expert of the University of Maryland Extension Service and they will send you an answer.  As time goes on you will learn more about what you plant.  Hopefully you will decide to plant more! Get out there this spring and dig in the dirt and plant seeds! Beautify your environment and enhance your dining experiences with fresh vegetables. And be sure to watch this youtube video. Ron Finley is amazing!