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      The Components of Social Dimension for Community Gardens in Housing Residential

      Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal
      e-IPH Ltd.

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          Community gardens are known as space for people to plant vegetables and fruits for their daily use. Various social benefits could be obtained through the implementation of community gardens in the urban neighbourhoods. This paper aims to give a better understanding relationship between the social dimension and community garden. The objectives of this paper are to identify the social dimension elements of sustainable development and to explore the benefits from community garden implementation towards social dimension. This paper analyses established references from previous articles and theses to identify a relationship between the social dimension and community garden.

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          Growing urban health: community gardening in South-East Toronto.

          This article describes results from an investigation of the health impacts of community gardening, using Toronto, Ontario as a case study. According to community members and local service organizations, these gardens have a number of positive health benefits. However, few studies have explicitly focused on the health impacts of community gardens, and many of those did not ask community gardeners directly about their experiences in community gardening. This article sets out to fill this gap by describing the results of a community-based research project that collected data on the perceived health impacts of community gardening through participant observation, focus groups and in-depth interviews. Results suggest that community gardens were perceived by gardeners to provide numerous health benefits, including improved access to food, improved nutrition, increased physical activity and improved mental health. Community gardens were also seen to promote social health and community cohesion. These benefits were set against a backdrop of insecure land tenure and access, bureaucratic resistance, concerns about soil contamination and a lack of awareness and understanding by community members and decision-makers. Results also highlight the need for ongoing resources to support gardens in these many roles.
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            Past results and future directions in urban community gardens research

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              Community gardening: a parsimonious path to individual, community, and environmental resilience.

              The goal of this paper is to introduce community gardening as a promising method of furthering well-being and resilience on multiple levels: individual, social group, and natural environment. We examine empirical evidence for the benefits of gardening, and we advocate the development and testing of social ecological models of community resilience through examination of the impact of community gardens, especially in urban areas. The definition of community is extended beyond human social ties to include connections with other species and the earth itself, what Berry (1988) has called an Earth community. We discuss the potential contribution of an extensive network of community gardens to easing the global climate change crisis and address the role of community psychologists in community gardening research and policy-oriented action.

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                Psychology,Urban design & Planning,Urban studies,General behavioral science,Cultural studies


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