A story of how communities have been shaped by residents learning to garden

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Haltom, Jessica
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University of Guelph

This thesis presents an example of how people in the Bronx, New York City have used gardening as a tool for both education and community building. Gardening in this context represents a historical and present-day way that people fight back against the structural violence which has resulted from municipal neglect. In these cases, the teaching of gardening techniques represents a critical pedagogy which seeks to empower individuals through creating access to knowledge about healthy options. By investigating the presence of gardens in communities this thesis finds many benefits to people in the surrounding community. These benefits include feelings of joy, visibility, and pride, while providing food to a community with disproportionately high rates of food insecurity. I conclude my thesis with a brief discussion on how city uses of scaffolding should be obligated to consider and mitigate scaffolding effects on gardens near buildings where the scaffolding is in use.

The Bronx, New York City, gardens in communities, structural violence, critical pedagogy, food insecurity, scaffolding