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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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.