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Exploring the social bases of home gardening


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  • Justin Schupp


  • Jeff Sharp


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    The study of alternatives to conventional industrial agricultural production has intensified in recent years. While many types of alternative production systems, and the motivations of individuals to participate in them, have been studied, there are significant gaps in the literature. One such dearth is research on those participating in self-provisioning activities. This study begins to fill the gap by looking at the self-provisioning activity of home gardening using data from the 2008 Ohio Survey of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Issues. Discerning who household gardeners are is important given the recent economic, cultural, and political climate of the United States. The results show that home gardening occurs throughout the state of Ohio at surprisingly high levels. Bivariate and multivariate analyses reveal several noteworthy associations between gardening and household characteristics, including spatial location, pro-environmental and economic hardship behaviors, and level of participation in localized food systems. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Agriculture and Human Values.

    Volume (Year): 29 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 93-105

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:agrhuv:v:29:y:2012:i:1:p:93-105

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    Keywords: Alternative agriculture; Food security; Home gardening; Local foods; Ohio; Self-provisioning;


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    1. Lois Morton & Ella Bitto & Mary Oakland & Mary Sand, 2008. "Accessing food resources: Rural and urban patterns of giving and getting food," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer, vol. 25(1), pages 107-119, January.
    2. Seeth, Harm Tho & Chachnov, Sergei & Surinov, Alexander & Von Braun, Joachim, 1998. "Russian poverty: Muddling through economic transition with garden plots," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 26(9), pages 1611-1624, September.
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    1. John Taylor & Sarah Lovell, 2014. "Urban home food gardens in the Global North: research traditions and future directions," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer, vol. 31(2), pages 285-305, June.
    2. Jana Spilková & Lenka Fendrychová & Marie Syrovátková, 2013. "Farmers’ markets in Prague: a new challenge within the urban shoppingscape," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer, vol. 30(2), pages 179-191, June.


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