In case you did not receive a message from ACGA board member, Gwenne Hays-Steward who works for the remarkable Gateway Greening organization in St. Louis, MO, Gateway Greening , I am sending you a link to the Whitmire Study, a multi-year study on the effectiveness of community gardens done by the University of Missouri-St. Louis Public Policy Research Center in association with Gateway Greening. WhitmireStudy.html
The methodology of this study are extremely rigorous, the Whitmire Study being a model for any further quantitative/gualitative studies of community gardening going forward.
Clinton Community Garden
Subj: Re: [cg] Effectiveness Studies of Community Gardens
Date: 9/18/03 5:57:49 PM Eastern Daylight Time
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Although our garden, the CASA Community Garden is not typical of
the CGs in the ACGA, it does the following for our community.
Offset food costs - With vegetables running about $2.00 per lbs. (Okra is
sky high) this year, our garden so far
has saved the elderly and homebound about $17,000.00 in fresh vegetables.
This harvest is
delivered to their doorstep at no charge. With a projection of 12,000 to
14,000 lbs harvest this year, you
are looking at about $24,000. to $28,000. savings. If you look at our
harvest totals since 1994,
this garden project will have yielded over 112,000 lbs with an average per
pound value of $1.49, that's
roughly a $166,000.00 savings! Not bad for a garden the size of .4 of an
acre operated by volunteers.
Please review harvest totals at... http://www.casagarden.com/harvest.htm
Avoiding health costs - When our volunteers deliver vegetables to the CASA
clients, we also distribute
a leaflet focusing on the importance of eating right (fresh vegetables,
etc.). Hopefully, this is
making an impact on their overall diet which would have an impact on their
Enhancing social values / or other economic/social value - Please read the
latest "CASA Visits"
interview and judge for yourself, the social impact of having volunteers
using a garden
as the focal point to make a difference in the lives of the needy.
Please review at... http://www.casagarden.com/the_sisters.htm
This year, I was also the Project Leader for a garden for Homeless Women and
Please review this story at... http://www.casagarden.com/sapp.htm
Not sure of its overall impact until I meet with its Exec. Director at
year's end. We
may have to "tweet" the focus of this garden (more toward flowers and less
, i.e. less maintenance) next year.
As you can see, I spend more time in the garden than creating statistical
Hope this helps,
Jim Call, CASA Volunteer Garden Director
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sharon Levinson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2003 12:31 AM
Subject: [cg] Effectiveness Studies of Community Gardens
>American Community Gardening Association Members:
>Are any of you aware of studies done to show the effectiveness of
>gardens in offsetting food costs, avoiding health care costs, enhancing
>social engagement or other economic/social value? Andy Fisher of the
>Community Food Security Coalition suggested I contact the American
>Gardening Association as he did not have any information.
>I was asked by the director of a Community Food Bank if such information
>available. He recently left private industry and is interested in getting
>support from that community to further the development of gardens like the
>food bank operates. He is looking for information on any studies that
>been completed to show the benefit of gardens.
>USDA-Food and Nutrition Service did not have information on the subject
>If any of you have substantive information in support of community
>I would appreciate it.
>480.614.0013 [Mountain standard time]
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