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The significance and praxis of community‐based sustainability projects: Community gardens in western Australia

Stocker, L. and Barnett, K. (1998) The significance and praxis of community‐based sustainability projects: Community gardens in western Australia. Local Environment, 3 (2). pp. 179-189.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839808725556
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Abstract

Sustainability projects initiated by community groups can be significant in their contribution to the overall process of Local Agenda 21 planning and in their substantive contribution to sustainable communities. Community gardens differ from public gardens in that they are managed by community members rather than by local governments, although they may be located on council land. Community gardens vary in type from collections of individual plots to large-scale collaborative projects for the benefit of the wider community. Their roles include the production of fresh organic food; the creation of community places; and the use and dissemination of community science and innovative technologies. This paper reviews the types and roles of community gardens, and provides a case study of a community garden in Western Australia. It analyses the lessons learned from this particular case and the potential contribution of community gardens to Local Agenda 21 planning and to physical, ecological, sociocultural and economic Sustainability.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Institute for Science and Technology Policy
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright: © 1998 Carfax Publishing Ltd
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/36551
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