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Re: ACGA Research Priorities

Hey Teva...

The list of ACGA research priorities you saw was probably in the "What Good 
is Community Greening?" Monograph that ACGA distributes. The research 
priorities were selected in 1990, so might be outdated (I know that research 
has been initiated in some of these areas), and is drawn from a longer list 
formulated by Mark Francis at UC Davis. I think these questions are useful 
for framing basic questions, but there are many other research needs that 
have emerged in recent years. I would encourage any researchers you know of 
(or anyone interested in doing research in community gardening) to contact a 
board member directly to see what the area of greatest need might be 

1. What effect have community greening projects had on property values?

2. How do community greening projects and programs related to city-wide open 
space policies and plans?

3. What participatory planning and design approaches and techniques are 
being successfully used in greening projects?

4. How is community gardening being used as an individual empowerment tool?

5. What are the best ways to develop constituencies for community greening?

6. How does community greening contribute to building social cohesion?

7. How are community gardens used as a meeting place for different cultural 

8. What is the definition of "community" in community greeing projects?

9. How do national policies and programs influence community greening and 
what changes are needed?

10. How does land ownership relate to project permanency?

>From: TevaD@aol.com
>To: community_garden@mallorn.com
>Subject: [cg] ACGA Research Priorities
>Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 17:28:46 EST
>I remember seeing a list somewhere of the ACGA's research priorities.  I 
>a couple of faculty from Iowa State University interested in seeing what 
>they may be able to play in community gardening here in Iowa.  I thought I
>might start by looking at what needs have already been expressed on the
>national level.
>Is it posted on the web somewhere?  If it isn't on the web or cannot be
>posted on this listserve, could someone fax or mail it to me?
>Thanks for your help.
>Teva Dawson
>Community Garden Coordinator
>Botanical Center
>Des Moines, IA
>Fax:  323-8999
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