Urban Agriculture involves the production of food in space that is within and immediately surrounding cities. There are many motivations for this kind of production. These encompass environmental advantages (reducing 'food miles' and the impact of 'urban heat islands'), social benefits (increasing food security and agricultural education of city-dwellers), and human health perks (eating fresher, often organically grown, seasonal food). Current food systems involve many organizations who operate at different scales of production and in different geographic locations. In many developed countries this is dominated by supermarkets and the food service sector who source products globally. However, there are many initiatives working towards increasing local food production and distribution to complement these global food networks. Community gardens are one such activity. They provide many benefits, particularly in the social arena of increased interactions in neighbourhoods. However, to prosper there are many barriers that they must overcome, including negative attitudes towards gardening from some of members of society, the market domination by large agricultural producers, food processors and retail supermarkets, and unsupportive government policies.
|Title of host publication||Community Gardens Conference: Promoting sustainability, health and inclusion in the city|
|Subtitle of host publication||University of Canberra 7-8 October 2010 : Proceedings|
|Place of Publication||Canberra, Australia|
|Publisher||COGS University of Canberra|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||Community Gardens Conference: Promoting sustainability, health and inclusion in the city - Canberra, Australia|
Duration: 7 Oct 2010 → 8 Oct 2010
|Conference||Community Gardens Conference: Promoting sustainability, health and inclusion in the city|
|Period||7/10/10 → 8/10/10|
Pearson, D., & Hodgkin, K. (2010). The role of community gardens in urban agriculture. In Community Gardens Conference: Promoting sustainability, health and inclusion in the city: University of Canberra 7-8 October 2010 : Proceedings (pp. 99-105). COGS University of Canberra.