Perceived Impacts of Community Gardens: Analysis by Structure and Funding Sources
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. School of Environment and Natural Resources Honors Theses; 2017
Community gardening programs are present in many communities throughout Ohio. Little research has looked into the relationship of structural factors of a garden and the perceived impacts garden leaders see from their work. This study examines how various structural factors of a garden a impacts perceived by garden leadership. Garden affect leaders from throughout Ohio completed an online survey regarding their garden. These gardens vary widely in leadership structure as well as where they derive their funding. Along with these, thee gardens tend to perceive high levels of impacts within their communities. Mann-Whitney U tests indicate significant differences on perceived benefits based on leadership structure. These findings demonstrate a need for further research into these trends. Along with these, this study demonstrates the importance of the structure of community gardens, the source of funding, and the implications these might have on the perception of their work.
Academic Major: Natural Resource Management