Edible Backyards: a Qualitative Study of Household Food Growing and its Contributions to Food Security

Abstract:

In this exploratory assessment of the contribution home food gardening makes to community food security, in-depth interviews were conducted with gardeners in two contrasting neighborhoods in Toronto, Canada. It was found that growing food contributes to food security at all income levels by encouraging a more nutritious diet. The sustainability of household food sourcing and gardeners’ overall health and well-being also increased with food production. Secure access to suitable land to grow food and gardening skills were the most significant barriers found to residential food production.

Citation:

Kortright, R. and Wakefield, S. “Edible Backyards: a Qualitative Study of Household Food Growing and its Contributions to Food Security” Journal of Agriculture and Human Values 28 (2011):39-53.

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Edible Backyards: a Qualitative Study of Household Food Growing and its Contributions to Food Security