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

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      American journal of community psychology

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          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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          Journal
          Am J Community Psychol
          American journal of community psychology
          1573-2770
          0091-0562
          Jun 2011
          : 47
          : 3-4
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, 85287-1104, USA. hokvat@asu.edu
          Article
          10.1007/s10464-010-9404-z
          21222153
          da955eb1-0360-43be-97f6-a8a72dde59ce

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