Gardening More Meaningful than Voting in a Rigged Political System


By Alex Pietrowski

The most effective change-makers in our society aren’t waiting around for a new president to make their lives better, they’re planting seeds, quite literally, and through the revolutionary act of gardening, they’re rebuilding their communities while growing their own independence.

Every four years when the big election comes around, millions of people put their passion for creating a better world into an increasingly corrupt and absurd political contest. What if that energy was instead invested in something worthwhile, something that directly and immediately improved life, community, and the world at large?

The simple act of growing our own food directly challenges the control matrix in many authentic ways, which is why some of the most forward-thinking and strongest-willed people are picking up shovels and defiantly starting gardens. It has become much more of a meaningful political statement than supporting political parties and candidates.

Propaganda gardening, a combination of guerrilla gardening and political protest, is about developing self-sufficiency while making a simple, yet bold statement about the world we all share, and the rules we choose to live by. [Source]

Take, for example, Ron Finley, the ‘Guerrilla Gardener’ from Los Angeles who inspires the world with no-nonsense truth about how the corporate food system enslaves us, while proving to us that the most effective weapon in this fight is fertile soil. He makes growing veggies cool again, as it should be, because food sovereignty is the very foundation of personal independence.

I live in a food prison.. It’s all by design just like prisons are by designed. I just got tired of being an inmate. So I figured, let me change this paradigm, let me grown my own food. This is one thing I can do to escape this predestined life that I have unwillingly subscribed to. – Ron Finley

Think about it. Creating your own food supply challenges the status quo in a number of important ways. Growing your own food:

  • Decreases dependence on a polluted corporate food system
  • Improves health and wellness by providing exercise and nutritious food, freeing us from dependence on a for-profit medical system
  • Undermines Monsanto and the agro-chemical industry that is polluting our world and killing bees
  • Highlights issues of political control by pitting homeowners and gardeners against government and ordinance makers
  • Builds and heals community by providing a place and activity worth coming together over
  • Works to repair the damage we are doing to the environment with our consumer lifestyles
  • Protects us against insecurity and food unrest
  • Facilitates a greater awakening by setting an example for others to follow

When united, awareness and action create the kind of changes that a rigid control system cannot tolerate, and when extraordinary people like Ron Finley take the lead, a meaningful movement can take hold. This is real action, it is very effective, and as it becomes more mainstream to set up gardens in your yard and on your block, we will witness the re-emergence of the kind of society we just cannot create by playing by the rules of a rigged system.

I had sixty people putting in an urban garden while you all were marching. Now who do you think was more effective? – Ron Finley

Here’s Ron in a recent interview with Marc Angelo of the Superhero Academy:

Just a few generations ago, gardening for sustenance was not the fringe activity that it has become in recent decades, because it was a basic daily act of survival. One that will rise again as a controlled economy and engineered economic collapse will make it imperative to join forces with your community and defend your personal sovereignty.

Why don’t you churches get together instead of with your ‘my religion is better than yours’ bullshit, and get together and put in a healthy food market… isn’t that doing good business? If your people live longer, don’t you get more money? – Ron Finley

What happens when you transform yourself by deepening your connection to nature? What happens when you then transform your community by bringing your neighbors together in the goal of providing something of immense value to all? What happens then when a nation of transformed communities sees their world without the boundaries of and limitations imposed on us by a corrupt system?

The four-year cycle of presidential politics in the US is far more effective at stealing the constructive energy of motivated people than it is at bringing about meaningful change to our lives, communities and to the nation as a whole. Time to try something far more effective and rewarding. Let’s overgrow the system, and transform our health and communities in the process.

For a sign that this movement is spreading across the nation, check out this homegrown music video, ‘Gardening is Gangsta,’ by Mark Jankins and Sifu Paul Davis.

I don’t rely on new food stamps. Cuz’ every season got me harvesting some new plants.

Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for and Offgrid Outpost, a provider of storable food and emergency kits. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.

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5 Comments on "Gardening More Meaningful than Voting in a Rigged Political System"

  1. modern angel 99 | June 10, 2016 at 9:19 am | Reply

    Nutrient-dense, organic greens are also our best healthcare system and personal medicine cabinet. As society is bombarded with anemic, chemicalized food products, dirty vaccines, questionable drugs and increased pollution (fracking releases devastating chemicals into the air, water and soil). The silent chemical war on citizens is being fought with the exploding awareness of raw food lifestyle and growing our own.

  2. YEEAAA…this is the only way to beat the satanic elite and their system !
    We could eat for FREE on streets and later we could create FREE services, FREE objects… even FREE houses! The elite want us pay our entire life for a home, but technology makes it possible to have almost FREE of charge luxuruy /healthy homes !
    Yes, we can, folks !

  3. sharon sampson | June 10, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Reply

    Gardening takes time to learn, mostly learning has to be done trial and error. Sure there are great books for guidance but you gotta get dirty and sweaty and keep reading. I’ve been gardening since I was a little kid and have tons of formal education and I teach gardening. But dang I will never know it all and I still make mistakes.

    I also know wilderness survival and plant id.

    I worry that people will not do the work to have a good foundation of knowledge and experience and really get nervous about ‘MEDICINE CABINETS’ and playing doctor with ‘natural ingredients’. I wouldn’t take stuff or prescribe anything without MORE research and I know i’ve got a great foundation. Just because stuff is ORGANIC does NOT mean safety nor does it mean you can ‘try’ things or ‘taste’ things without REALLY knowing that plant. I know enough to not even bother with mushrooms for instance…I’ve seen the look alikes and I know what the ingestion of just one mistake can do to the human body.

    And ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Genius’ is applicable with us. People that have a well built foundation of knowledge can write books and then someone reads that book then thinks they now have that author’s knowledge to include experience, erroneous thinking, and will go out and forage for mushrooms (for instance). Or stuff like B17 from seeds of pome fruits that has been seen to possibly having cancer mitigating properties and ‘if some is good then more is better’ thinking can easily cause problems.

    As you learn to garden and go out into the wilderness take it easy and just don’t put anything in your mouth that you do not understand. Book smarts help but are not enough to dinker with plants and the ‘medicine cabinet’ until truly earning one’s ‘green thumb’. Of course you’ll find the more you learn,the more you know in this botanical/biological/chemical world the more you will find you DON’T KNOW. Just a caution…all of you know there are tons of books, internet sites that are totally bogus. Look at the mistakes just in DIET BOOKS! Bad Bad wrong gross information that because it is in a book people believe it is truth.

    For great gardening information look up Shane Smith…(Georgia, greenhouses), Michael Dirr…and just recently found Jorge Cervantes’ Cannabis Encyclopedia. I was surprised! Although it deals with just one plant, because it deals with one plant, he can get into detail unseen in most books. Instead of learning all these thousands and thousands of plants with different needs he shows the HUGENESS of the care of just ONE WEED. Literally! This was a super book for all gardeners including wannabes!!

    • FREE HEALTH here and now = GO RAW VEGAN and heal all physical, mental and even GENETIC disorders.
      I could heal my polyarthritis for FREE; I don’t need glasses any more ! I stopped my pre-diabetes… and I have a super natural energy, super libido and super mood !

  4. Marching is also important … if you are marching against Monsanto.. Because awareness and education are key if anything is going to change. People have to learn WHY they need to be self sustainable.

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