I wanted to thank the people who responded to my question
about getting funds for a survey of demographic differences among community
gardeners. I also received some valuable advice from you about the study
Based on those comments, I've decided to look in a more
statistical way at what kinds of things people learn in comm. gardens and how
their knowledge translates into altered behaviors with respect to the
environment, personal growth, and civic engagement. I'd really appreciate
recommendations from anyone about how to go about measuing
what people learn and the changes that learning fosters in their' actions and
lifestyles. Also hope to assess whether gardening improves mood, and if so, how
that relates to learning capacity.
Any suggestions on what kind of sample population could most
benefit from this type of research are also very welcome.
As of now, I'm proposing that gardeners who are relatively new
to the experience (possibly culled from cg waiting lists) might give the most
precise indication of the extent to which gardens encourage love of learning as
well as of healthier, happier and more sustainable lifestyles.
Thanks again for your help!