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‘Gangsta Gardener’ Ron Finley On The Magic Of Growing Your Own Food

Connecting people with how their food is grown is one of Ron Finley’s goals (Kayte Young/WFIU)

The thing with gardens to me, it’s not just food. You know, to me, it equals freedom.

On the show this week, it’s Ron Finely of the Ron Finely Project, in a conversation about the magic of growing your own food, even if it’s just a small strip of land by the side of the road in a neglected part of town.

Ron Finley spoke with Andrea Ciccarelli, Dean of the Hutton Honors College at Indiana University. The conversation was part of their Many Worlds One Globe lecture series.

Harvest Public Media has a story on the challenges for farmers using sustainable growing practices

And Chef D has an easy recipe featuring the delicate flavors of squash blossoms.

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Kayte Young

Kayte Young discovered her passion for growing, cooking, foraging and preserving fresh food when she moved to Bloomington in 2007. With a background in construction, architecture, nutrition education and writing, she brings curiosity and a love of storytelling to a show about all things edible. Kayte raises bees, a small family and a yard full of food in Bloomington’s McDoel Gardens neighborhood.

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