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Expanding the contribution of community gardens to city sustainability through family education programs.

Stavrianakis, Kostas; Farmer, James

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James Farmer



Abstract

Limited outdoor residential spaces and the cost of high-quality, sustainably grown vegetables have led families to engage in community gardening. The educational and recreational opportunities provided by community gardening make the settings an appealing location for families to learn and share leisure time together. We used a mixed-methods approach to investigate the impacts that gardening education workshops in community gardens can have on family members and their environmental behaviors. We used a case study approach to analyze the data from observations, drawings and interviews in which participants reported a variety of positive impacts from the gardening workshops including socializing, health benefits and acquired knowledge. However, there was limited evidence of pro-environmental behavior change beyond gardening.

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STAVRIANAKIS, K. and FARMER, J. 2019. Expanding the contribution of community gardens to city sustainability through family education programs. Children, youth and environments [online], 29(1), pages 84-104. Available from: https://doi.org/10.7721/chilyoutenvi.29.1.0084

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2019
Online Publication Date Jun 30, 2019
Publication Date Jun 30, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 15, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jan 21, 2022
Journal Children, youth and environments
Electronic ISSN 1546-2250
Publisher University of Cincinnati
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 1
Pages 84-104
DOI https://doi.org/10.7721/chilyoutenvi.29.1.0084
Keywords Community gardens; Urban sustainability; Sustainability; Education programmes
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1428103

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