Social value of community gardens
- Subject: [cg] Social value of community gardens
- From: Michael J Simsik <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 09:16:18 -0500
I am interested in knowing if anybody would know of useful bibliographic
references pertaining to the sociological, cultural and/or political
aspects of community gardens? Or, would anyone know about particular
community garden sites where this question has been considered?
The community gardening program that I work with is considering doing some
research along these lines, for the purpose of determining the value that
gardens add to gardener households and their communities. We are
interested in examining the additional benefits that community gardens
provide beyond their immediate economic and ecological benefits. (Though
we recognize there are linkages between the former to the latter --
social/cultural/political and economic/ecological, and in this sense, the
latter benefits are certainly relevant).
Some of the potential inquiry questions we are considering include:
· To what extent is socio-cultural and political-economic knowledge
produced in community gardens? How is it characterized and manifested?
· What and where are the connections between this knowledge in
gardeners and the community at large? Who benefits from this knowledge,
and in what ways? Who might be threatened by this knowledge?
· Who are the actors (e.g., institutions, individuals,
organizations…) that influence (and threaten) the well-being of community
gardens in urban areas?
· What are the interests, intents, and motivations that gardeners
bring to the community gardening experience?
· What is the social value of community gardens to the communities
they are a part of? How does this divide out among gardeners and
· To what extent might community gardening sites be
described/characterized/quantified as sites for the production of
Thanks for considering these questions and any suggestions, comments, or
ideas that you may have are welcome.
Michael J. Simsik, Team Coordinator
Environmental Revitalization & Management Issues Area
Cornell University Cooperative Extension - NYC Programs
16 East 34th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016-4328
Telephone: (212) 340-2974
Fax: (212) 340-2908
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