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Hydroponics & Organic Gardening as Political Resistance

They pave over paradise, and put up a parking lot. They pave over paradise, and put up a parking lot.

Imagine going to a hydroponics store and happily buying supplies for your perfectly legal hydroponics garden in which you grow only gourmet, organic herbs and vegetables. You don’t know that someone is watching the parking lot, and has copied down your license plate number.

A few days later a gang of armed men kick down your door to serve a search warrant.

They leave hours later, not bothering to apologize for ransacking the house while terrorizing an indoor vegetable farmer who was breaking no laws. And there is no recourse for the traumatized gardener. Nobody to sue. No justice to gain.

That scenario plays out more often than you think, and it’s part of an increasing war on hydroponics gardeners and small-scale organic farmers that’s obviously calculated to serve the interests of Big Ag and other corporate sponsors.

You’ve likely already read in Rosebud how Big Ag influences a shadowy private organization that controls America’s hydroponics fertilizer regulators and censors label information so you can’t get crucial hydroponics information.

You’ve heard police agencies claim that indoor hydroponics gardens are a dire threat to society.

Instead of applauding the community’s efforts to feed itself in a cooperative multicultural organic gardening effort that created a green oasis in an otherwise blighted dystopian wasteland, Horowitz pushed to evict the farmers.

Sometimes the antipathy towards hydroponics growers and small-scale organic farming makes me want to put on a V for Vendetta mask and fight back against the oppressors.

For example, consider what happened to South Central Farm, a thriving 14-acre community garden in one of the worst areas of Los Angeles.

People of all races, creeds and ages joined together to make the former industrial land into fertile ground for farming food, medicinal crops, and other organic produce.

The City of Los Angeles had previously bought the land for $5 million. But millionaire land developer Ralph Horowitz wanted to pave over the farm and build industrial warehouses on it.

Los Angeles government officials worked a backroom deal with Horowitz and sold him the land for only slightly more than the City had paid for it years before - even though the land value had gone up by nearly $10 million.

Instead of applauding the community’s efforts to feed itself in a cooperative multicultural organic gardening effort that created a green oasis in an otherwise blighted dystopian wasteland, Horowitz pushed to evict the farmers.

South Central Farm became a rallying point for organic gardening activists nationwide. Members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine, Willie Nelson, Alicia Silverstone, Julia Butterfly Hill, Dennis Kucinich, Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, Ben Harper, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ralph Nader joined scholars, human rights advocates and others to protest Horowitz’s attempts to destroy the farm

Finally, as you’ll see in the heartbreaking “Save the Farm” short documentary that accompanies this article, the gun and badge gang moved in to brutally evict the family farmers who tried valiantly to resist the armed onslaught.

If you’re familiar with the stunning apocalyptic movie They Live, the police and bulldozer violence will be hauntingly familiar. Watch the video in this article, and then watch They Live…you’ll see what I mean.

There’s something symbolic and all too familiar about the destruction of South Central Farm. And that’s why I see hydroponics indoor gardening as more than just a fantastic hobby or a profitable career. It’s a way of standing up to the dark forces that see plants, hummingbirds, organic produce and farmers as worthy of being crushed by bulldozers and police. Viva hydroponics! Viva organic gardening!

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