Shine a Light

LA’s Johnny Appleseed teams up with Carson: Growing your food is ‘gangster’

June 24, 2014 at 8:14 AM ET

Video: In the latest installment of TODAY’s “Shine a Light” series, Carson Daly sits down with Ron Finley, a Los Angeles resident fighting childhood hunger and obesity in his neighborhood by growing his own food. Mike Metallo, head of, joins TODAY to talk about working with Carson to get a Brooklyn school garden off the ground.

As part of TODAY's Shine a Light series, a campaign to support worthy causes throughout the year, Carson Daly has chosen to fight childhood hunger and promote healthy eating. 

He's teamed up with, and they're on a mission to grow a garden to teach kids about better food options. 

If you want to help Carson with this effort, visit his fundraising page at

"We are giving them the power to battle hunger on their own turf and share what they learn throughout their communities," Carson wrote. "Some of the food they grow will go back to food banks and some will go home with classmates in need. I can't feed every child in America but I can help make a difference one kid and one garden at a time."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 children and adolescents in America is overweight or obese. Ironically, at the same time, the USDA reports that 1 in 4 American kids -live in food insecure homes.

'I know it's a tough sell': Read why Carson chose this cause

Thanks to all the sponsors who've helped build the garden so far: SunGro. Ames True Temper. Bonnie Plants. Ecore Flooring. Rainbird. High Mowing Organic Seeds