Barriers to Fruit and Vegetable Cultivation in Ohio

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The Ohio State University

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Home gardening is increasingly being used as a strategy for improving food quality, reducing food insecurity, saving money, and building a more sustainable food system. However, very few studies have been conducted to investigate what factors prevent individuals from engaging in this activity. The objective of this study is to identify what relationships exist between barriers to home gardening and certain sociodemographic groupings in the state of Ohio. These groupings are based on place of residence, homeownership, education level, household composition, and income. The data used for this project comes from the 2008 Ohio Survey of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Issues and descriptive and bivariate analysis was conducted using SPSS Statistics. The findings from this research will be able to inform efforts that aim to involve more people in edible gardening at the domestic scale.



self-provisioning, gardening, food cultivation, Ohio