Three empowering figures that work with plants

In the past week we have come across some interesting articles and figures which inspire their communities to grow more. All of them may have different motivations but the solutions they propose at their core are about growing more plants that can be transformed into food, medicine or tools. Enjoy!

Dj Cavem Bio – Chef Ietef

From Dj Cavem’s website:

‘When DJ Cavem coined the term eco-hip hop in 2007, he didn’t know it would sprout into a global movement. His mission to rap about climate change, food justice and plant-based foods spread far beyond his Denver hometown.’

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Ron finley

From Ron’s website:

‘Ron Finley is a rebel with a green thumb. In 2010 Ron set out to fix a problem in his South Central neighborhood parkways; those often neglected dirt patches next to our streets. He planted some vegetables there. Soon after he was cited for gardening without a permit by the apparent owners of those dirt patches: the City of Los Angeles. Queue the beginning of a horticulture revolution.’

Ron’s story does not get old. The transformation of barren monotonous landscapes is happening and we have to keep growing further and further until no patch of dirt is left and all lawns are jungles.

Photo: Noé Montes Source: USC Viterbi Magazine

Barath Raghavan

We learned about Barath Raghavan and his idea of using banana plantings to slow down wildfires in California through this article ‘Can ‘Banana Buffers’ Save California From Wildfires?‘ from Anne Ewbank posted on Atlas Obscura.

Another interesting approach that not only has potential to solve a problem but can aid with food distribution and decentralization in the Western United States. Let’s reintegrate the cultivation of fruit and food to our daily lives. Many Latin American and Asian cultures practice subsistence agriculture and within their communities it is not seen as an achievement but rather an intrinsic, unquestionable part of their lifestyle.