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gardening

7 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Strategic Acquistions Inc, Peter Baer (Founder & President Strategic Acquisitions Inc), Tony Hershman (Chief Operating Officer Strategic Acquisitions Inc)

DO NOT ALLOW STRATEGIC ACQUISITIONS INC TO DESTROY THE RON FINLEY PROJECT’S GANGSTA GARDEN

Help #savethegangstagarden and The Ron Finley Project's HQ that ignited a worldwide food justice revolution by signing the petition and generously giving what you can.All Ron Finley wanted was healthy food for himself, his family and neighbors. After picking up a tomato that was labeled “coated with shellac” in his local South Central Los Angeles grocery store, it hit Finley: there was a complete lack of healthy food in his community. This is true for not only Finley’s community, but most underserved populations nationwide. More than 29 million Americans live in food deserts or what Finley has termed “food prisons”.“the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys”In 2010, Finley decided to take his health and the health of his community into his own hands and “Plant Some Shit”, turning a strip of city-owned land in front of his property into a food oasis. After a citation, fine and eventual warrant for Finley’s arrest over the grass that he transformed into an edible landscape for his community, word spread quickly about the “Gangsta Gardener”, sparking a global food justice movement. Luminaries such as René Redzepi, Russell Brand, Alice Waters, Rainn Wilson, Penny Marshall, Aloe Blacc, Carson Daley, Rachel Hunter and Robert Horry reached out to Finley in solidarity of his work, followed by statewide dignitaries, namely Mayors Aja Brown, Kevin Johnson and Councilman Herb Wesson. Soon after, the Gangsta Garden began to be visited and studied by local K-12 classrooms and universities all over the world including renown institutions such as Harvard, the University of Southern California and MIT.“Kids who grow kale, eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.”Over the last few years, the owner of the RFP property has been battling with the bank and has made several attempts to receive a loan modification to no avail. The bank recently foreclosed on the property and sold it to Strategic Acquisitions Inc. RFP has requested that Strategic Acquisitions allow them to continue operating from the location as to sustain with the important work they are doing in the community. The only solution they have been offered is to purchase the property, otherwise, face eviction. HQ has grown into more than just a garden since 2010, including RFP offices, an educational center and a propagation station for more edible urban landscapes. The loss of this property is a continuation of the injustices perpetrated against the members of the South Central Los Angeles community and persons struggling with food insecurity around the world. Finley took on city lawmakers in 2010 sparking a worldwide food justice revolution. Now the world needs to rally behind him!RFP needs to raise $500,000 to #savethegangstagarden that has become a symbol of healthy change for Los Angeles and cities all over. If you have been touched by RFP or support access to healthy food for ALL communities, please sign the petition, donate on our crowdfunding site, share and comment on how the The Ron Finley Project has inspired you.

The Ron Finley Project
73,916 supporters
Started 8 months ago

Petition to Morgantown City Council

Tell Morgantown City Council "Stay Off Of My Lawn"!

Do you like gardening? Raising bees? chickens? Do you like asking for permission to do so? Do you think Morgantown needs to waste more time and resources to even address such a non-issue as "urban agriculture"? You MAY want to sign this petition and attend next week's council meeting! On Tuesday, August​ 16th, Morgantown City Council will vote on amendments to City Code -- the "Urban Agriculture Ordinance". It is purported to encourage the development of local urban ag, but it does not. It Is an effort instead to regulate ALL gardening activities, including community gardens, within city limits. Its about limiting, fining, and permitting, making growing your own food more expensive, more difficult, and less accessible to the very people they are claiming to support. It is quite telling that the multitude of "garden folks" in this town were not asked or consulted about the proposed changes, nor do ANY of the community gardening organizations support these supposed "improvements".  The current codes are absolutely sufficient to regulate any of these activities.  We DO NOT need more laws regulating what we do on our personal property, especially when there are NO problems, complaints, or disputes (with the exception of a well publicized neighborhood squabble) --- there aren't rogue veggie garden gangs encroaching on city streets, no swarms of evil bees vowing to drown Motown in honey, no roaming chicken flocks egging houses... Please sign this petition telling City Council to "Stay Out Of My Yard"! and if you can attend the meeting next Tuesday, be sure to do so and speak up. You can access the proposed ordinance here: http://www.morgantownwv.gov/government/city-council/council-documents/ and the current code here: http://whdrane.conwaygreene.com/NXT/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&vid=whdrane:WVMorgantown City Council's Email addresses: rbane@morgantownwv.gov, wkawecki@morgantownwv.gov, wnugent@morgantownwv.gov, jselin@morgantownwv.gov, mshamberger@morgantownwv.gov, jredmond@morgantownwv.gov,

Ab Douglass
903 supporters