CULTURE AND CONTEXT OF COMMUNITY GARDENING AND URBAN AGRICULTURE IN NEW JERSEY

Project Details

Description

This research project has three goals: 1) to document the extent and practices of community gardens and urban agricultural efforts in New Jersey, 2) to express the reasons people become engaged in these efforts, and 3) to develop a public forum to share ideas and information on community gardens and urban agriculture in New Jersey. This research will contextualize the gardens/farms in terms of site considerations and programming; physical, social, and economic context; and policies and services in place to support/detract from gardening efforts. Through interviews, surveys, and GIS mapping, this research will provide a state-wide analysis of what is going on in community gardening and urban agriculture. A more indepth perspective emerges through case studies that focus on varied types of gardeners and what gardeners themselves experiwnce. Interviews with gardeners, observation and behavior mapping at the case study sites reveals the personal side of gardening, , video, and photography will be used to tell the story of the case study gardens and the gardeners. The ongoing work and results will be made publically accessible on a web-based format that will include video, sound, and photography. The website and related scholarly work also document sites, analyse socio-demographic context, and tease out factors to consider in garden sustainability.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date11/1/1110/31/14

Funding

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))

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