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Ron Findley – Artist, Food-Activist, Gardener | #OYRchallenge

Ron Findley’s Ted Talk video is inspirational, while informative. Click the linkRon Findley, Gardener at Ted Talk , for his bio and further information about his program.

About Findley (Ted Talk):  Artist and designer Ron Finley couldn’t help but notice what was going on in his backyard. “South Central Los Angeles,” he quips, “home of the drive-thru and the drive-by.” And it’s the drive-thru fast-food stands that contribute more to the area’s poor health and high mortality rate, with one in two kids contracting a curable disease like Type 2 diabetes.

Starting your garden:

It is never too late to start a garden. Plants and vegetables are a versatile bunch. Some plants need the Winter periods to root and break hard casings, while others only need the Spring season to get ready to burst forth a hearty food supply. The video below may assist you in getting started.

Gardening tips from TED-Ed and some green-thumbed TED speakers

Octavia Spencer Launches Short Film Competition (Win Brand New Camera, Cash, Exposure) | Shadow and Act

Octavia Spencer Launches Short Film Competition (Win Brand New Camera, Cash, Exposure) | Shadow and Act

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Octavia Spencer announced the following contest on her Facebook fanpage on Friday, and I’m simply passing it along, as some of you may want to participate:

I was struck this past week when a young filmmaker asked me how I coped when my dreams felt far from my grasp. My answer to her and all of you is I always feel mine are always within reach. What many people don’t know is that it takes an average of 15 years to become an over night success. In that time you must create and continue to hone your skills. If you are a musician, write poetry and turn it into an amazing song. If you are a filmmaker write a short and shoot it. I’ve done it twice now. I know it’s not easy.

Two of my friends shot beautiful, award winning shorts on the CANON EOS 60D. One of those films was shortlisted to potentially receive an Oscar nomination yesterday. Trust me I know money is tight. So, in honor of Award Season, I’d like to help someone else see their dream realized.