If you watch one TED Talk this week, check this out. So many great nuggets of wisdom:
“Growing your own food is like printing your own money…gardening is my graffiti, I grow my art…you’d be surprised if you let the soil be your canvas…gardening is the most therapeutic thing you can do…and you get strawberries…if kids grow kale, kids eat kale…but when none of this is presented to them, they’ll blindly eat whatever the hell is put in front of them.”

What do you think of this presentation?  Should food studies be part of the curriculum?  Do you garden?  Why?  Any other inspiring food stories you’d like to share?


I really like TED talks. I not only enjoy being exposed to ideas worth spreading, but I am also rejuvenated by seeing the passion people have in their work. But it takes a lot of skill to do TED talks  well. It doesn’t matter how exciting the ideas themselves are: One has to convey them in a way that captures the imagination of the audience. The story is not enough; one needs to also be a good storyteller.

Keeping with last week’s theme of urban renewal and gardening, I wanted to share a recent favourite TED talk of mine. It’s by Ron Finley, a guerilla gardener who is working to bring about a more hopeful, healthy and sustainable future for South Central LA:

Receiving a standing ovation, Finley’s passion for and belief in food gardening as a force for societal transformation is evident and infectious.  Like other great TED…

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