Ramon Gonzalez


Ramon Gonzalez, writer for Treehugger




Columbia College Chicago


As the creator of the popular urban gardening blog, MrBrownThumb, Roman Gonzalez has taught thousands of people about the ease and joy of growing their own food. He is also the founder of the Chicago Seed Library and a co-founder of One Seed Chicago. 


Gonzales is a gardening expert and author who started writing for Treehugger in 2012; he is the urban gardening guru behind the MrBrownThumb blog, which was started in 2005. Over the years, he has taught thousands that growing their own food is easy and accessible to all. 

Gonzales has also been involved in founding a number of non-profit gardening organizations, including the Chicago Seed Library and One Seed Chicago. He is an emeritus board member of the Forest Park Community Garden, and has crafted events for brands like the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, the Lurie Garden, the Chicago Park District, and Macy's Flower Show.

In 2014, Gonzales was one of eight selected for National Park Foundation’s American Latino Expedition. In addition to his blog and writing for Treehugger, Gonzalez’ writing and photos have appeared in Chicagoland Gardening, In These Times, Northern Gardener Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and The Guardian.


Gonzales has a bachelor's degree in Marketing Communication from Columbia College Chicago.

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