The role of community gardens in urban agriculture

David Pearson, Kai Hodgkin

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCommunity Gardens Conference: Promoting sustainability, health and inclusion in the city
    Subtitle of host publicationUniversity of Canberra 7-8 October 2010 : Proceedings
    Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
    PublisherCOGS University of Canberra
    Pages99-105
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)9781740883184
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventCommunity Gardens Conference: Promoting sustainability, health and inclusion in the city - Canberra, Australia
    Duration: 7 Oct 20108 Oct 2010

    Conference

    ConferenceCommunity Gardens Conference: Promoting sustainability, health and inclusion in the city
    CountryAustralia
    CityCanberra
    Period7/10/108/10/10

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    community gardens
    urban agriculture
    social benefit
    supermarkets
    food production
    food miles
    food distribution programs
    agricultural education
    food retailing
    gardening
    food service
    organic production
    food security
    developed countries
    human health
    food industry
    complement
    ingestion
    markets

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    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). Canberra, Australia: COGS University of Canberra.
    Pearson, David ; Hodgkin, Kai. / The role of community gardens in urban agriculture. Community Gardens Conference: Promoting sustainability, health and inclusion in the city: University of Canberra 7-8 October 2010 : Proceedings. Canberra, Australia : COGS University of Canberra, 2010. pp. 99-105
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    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. COGS University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia, pp. 99-105, Community Gardens Conference: Promoting sustainability, health and inclusion in the city, Canberra, Australia, 7/10/10.

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    Community Gardens Conference: Promoting sustainability, health and inclusion in the city: University of Canberra 7-8 October 2010 : Proceedings. Canberra, Australia : COGS University of Canberra, 2010. p. 99-105.

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    Pearson D, Hodgkin K. 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. Canberra, Australia: COGS University of Canberra. 2010. p. 99-105