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Re: Evaluation/Research Roundtable in NY?

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Evaluation/Research Roundtable in NY?
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 17:37:09 EST

Dear Ed & Research fans,

The biggest and best funded unversity based community garden study is being 
done under the aegis of the St. Louis Gateway Greening folks
 <A HREF="http://stlouis.missouri.org/gatewaygreening/index.html";>Gateway 

called the "Whitmire Study"  <A 

As this has been going on for a few years now, you may want to look at it as 
an example of serious, quantitative, community garden research. 

I know that for the academics among you, CG studies may be a burgeoning 
sub-specialty for research in social work,  sociology, city planning, urban 
studies  and anthropology .  These talks may help scholars come up with a few 
standards for research in this area.

I'd be interested in participating as a non-scholar: i.e,  somebody who would 
be cherry-picking facts and factoids from serious research and using them as 
tools to bang legislators, decision makers (and most importantly, their aides 
who actually read reports) over their heads to get increased funding for and 
help preserve gardens.

A thought: Create a standard questionairre/census for community gardeners to 
fill out under the aegis of the ACGA and local greening groups.  If it were 
kept simple enough, it might be done by university undergraduates throughout 
the country and provide researchers with a uniform way of getting a 
"snapshot" of community gardens in this study. 

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman


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