Sustainable community gardens require social engagement and training: A users' needs analysis in Europe
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AuthorOchoa Rego, Jesús; Sanyé Mengual, Esther; Specht, Kathrin; Fernández Hernández, Juan Antonio; Bañón Arias, Sebastián del Pilar; [et al.]
Knowledge AreaEcologíalTecnologías del Medio Ambiente
SponsorsThis research was funded by the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), sub-programme Grundtvig for adults learning: 526476-LLP-1-2012-1-IT-GRUNDTVIGGM, 2012-2014. This research has received funding from the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), sub-programme Grundtvig for adults learning: 526476-LLP-1-2012-1-IT-GRUNDTVIGGM, 2012–2014.
Realizado en/conUniversidad Politécnica de Cartagena; Universidad Humboldt de Berlín; Universidad de Bolonia; Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas de Eberswalde
Bibliographic CitationOchoa J, Sanyé-Mengual E, Specht K, Fernández JA, Bañón S, Orsini F, Magrefi F, Bazzocchi G, Halder S, Martens D, Kappel N, Gianquinto G. Sustainable Community Gardens Require Social Engagement and Training: A Users’ Needs Analysis in Europe. Sustainability. 2019; 11(14):3978. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143978
Urban gardens are spreading in many cities across Europe, with community gardening being a fundamental form of urban agriculture. While the literature reveals the essential role that community gardens can play in terms of learning and education, no studies have investigated the training needs for participants in community gardens to ensure their successful development. The goal of this article is to evaluate the training requirements of urban community gardens to ensure their successful implementation and their contribution to sustainability in European cities. Two questionnaires of users' needs analysis were designed and implemented in Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, and Cartagena. The results unveiled the need to re-enforce the training in the formation and community building phases of community gardens towards ensuring the creation of an engaged gardening community to maintain activity, particularly for top-down activities (e.g., research-related gardens). Users claimed their need for being ...
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