Join us for the latest edition of the Raw Living Radio Show where we’ll once again be rawking the radio world! This week we are joined by Gangsta Gardener Ron Finley and Eco-HipHop artist and fellow OG’s (organic gardeners) DJ Cavem & Alkemia Earth for a talk on Food Justice and reclaiming culture though gardening. So join us this Tuesday at 2pm PST for this must hear show!
Armed with a shovel, some soil and seeds, Ron Finley has come to be known as the “Gangsta Gardener” and his unexpected tactics have made him one of L.A.’s most widely known activists.
Frustrated by his community’s lack of access to fresh, organic food, Finley inadvertently started a revolution when he turned the parkway in front of his South Central L.A. home into an edible garden in 2010. Ron’s goal was simple; bring healthy food to an area where there was none, making him see first hand how gardens build community and change peoples lives. This experience blossomed into a quest to change how we eat and to teach youth that they have the capacity to design their own lives.
Based in LA, Ron has founded the The Ron Finley Project, which focuses on activating and empowering individuals to reclaim their health and their communities through gardening. Finley now speaks at global conferences and in classrooms regularly, spreading his gardening gospel wherever he’s invited. He wants the world to know that if you change your food, you change your life!
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2014 Music Educator Award Grammy nominee and international recording artist, Dj Cavem is an O.G. (organic gardener) educator, emcee, deejay, BBoy, award-winning activist, midwife, vegan chef and founder of Going Green Living Bling. He has dedicated his work to transforming the minds and health of children and his community using hip hop as a platform of communication.
Recently featured in Spirituality and Health Magazine, Mother Nature Network, Huffington Post, Food Star HipHop, Grist, Tuja Wellness, The Scavenger, The Kitchen Mix, Tree Hugger Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Stanford Medical Scope, and Yes! Magazine for his Ted Talk , and album,The Produce Section, which is an award winning curriculum introducing the subjects of Organic Gardening and Food Justice. His curriculum has been utilized in inner-city schools, as well as Universities such as Georgetown, where he recently lectured. His recent project “Brown Rice and Broccoli” with his summer camp students in collaboration with Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver was also recognized by Oprah. The music video was a healthy response to the song “Hot Cheetos and Takis”, released earlier in 2013 by Y.N. Rich Kids. His recent appearances include the International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference w/ Bryant Terry, Sam Kass, and Rick Balis (Chicago), SASFS Conference (Denver, CO), Raw Living Expo (Thousand Oaks, CA), Jubilee Yoga Festival, Dreamforce
2014, Hollywood film Festival 2014, Tedx Mile High and more.
Check out his video wheatgrass and his new single Hybrid Lex (a song dedicated to power plants and factories polluting the air). This single will be on his upcoming
album Eco-Twerk (publishing through SESAC), which is a continuation of his curriculum The Produce Section, and introduces the subjects of mineral extraction of the Earth and promotes holistic mind body entrepreneurialism) EPK
He has a short documentary called “From Gangs to Gardens” directed by JLove Calderon in which the film was officially selected and premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival 2014. The film had sold out seats, and was attended by celebrity guests Rainbeau Mars, Ron Finley, Michael Karlin, and Harry Belafonte’s daughter with a standing ovation.
He has performed with Wyclef Jean, B.o.B, Heiroglyphics, The Wailers, Raheem Devaughn, Gil Scott Heron, 2Chainz, Dead Prez, Mos Def, Rakim, Quest Love, Public Enemy, Russell Simmons, De La Soul, Camp Lo, Rainbeau Mars, and Wu Tang Clan to name a few.
You can catch Dj Cavem on his radio show Cafe Nuba KGNU Radio 88.5FM, or stream it every 2nd friday of the month@ 3pm MST. Dj Cavem will also be featured in the June 2015 issue Taste of Home Magazine.
Dj Cavem is currently #1 in Colorado and in the Top 100 Globally for HipHop on Reverb Nation Charts. Dj Cavem has a new single called “Bump This” featured on SuCh’s new album “Trial and Error”, which ranks #2 on the UK Soul Charts.
The Brown Rice and Broccoli project was produced by Dj Cavem with his 2013 Summer Camp (9 weeks). The students studied sustainability, organic gardening, holistic health, and plant based nutrition. The music video was the final project where a few students were selected to write their verse and emcee. The concept of the song was a direct healthy response to the “Hot Cheetos and Takis” song by Y.N. Rich Kids. The students were interacted to study the ingredients in Hot Cheetos and Takis and their harmful side effects, and then write their versus. Dj Cavem wrote the hook.
Arasia “Alkemia” Earth is a plant based chef (specializing in raw food), alchemist, master in usui reiki, master biotherapist, yogi, organic gardener, educator, speaker,co-founder of Culinary Concerts, wife, business partner, and DJ, of Dj Cavem. Utilizing her art of “Mind/body” medicine and cymatics as her approach in the art of healing, Alkemia has inspired the transformation of many through her way, The Ways of Alkemia. She has featured on Studio 12 PBS w/ Tamara Banks- “Black Chefs In The White House”, at Green Festival L.A., Raw Living Expo 2014, Denver Food Summit 2015, IACP, Jubilee Yoga Festival, Tedx Youth Mile High, 2015 Tedx Manhattan, 2015 White House Easter Egg Roll, 2014/2015 420 Festival (Denver), and has shared the stage with faces such as Rainbeau Mars, Vivica Fox, Keith Mitchell, Common, B.o.B, Wyclef Jean, Cody ChesnuTT, Bryant Terry, Stic.man of Dead Prez, Afya Ibomu, Gail Simmons, Bobby Flay, Sunny Anderson, Chris Cosentino, Aaron Sanchez, Aris Latham, and Michael Symon to name a few. She is co-founder of Culinary Concerts.
See Alkemia on PBS w/ Tamara Banks: “Global Urban Gardening” and “Black Chefs in The White House”