The Potential of Urban Agriculture in Guelph

dc.contributor.advisorFraser, Evan
dc.contributor.authorCoDyre, Michael
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-08T13:23:09Z
dc.date.available2013-05-08T13:23:09Z
dc.date.copyright2013-05
dc.date.created2013-04-29
dc.date.issued2013-05-08
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Geographyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.degree.programmeGeographyen_US
dc.description.abstractThere is substantial optimism for urban agriculture as a form of alternative agriculture that can enhance the food security of individuals within our food system. However, productivity and efficiency of this form of agriculture are not well understood in the literature. This research is the result of a case study of Guelph where fifty gardeners were selected and asked to complete a garden diary in which they recorded their production and input costs (land, labour and capital). The results indicate that the average vegetable gardener in Guelph is not able to achieve high yields but their inputs of labour and capital are quite high. Further investigation of motivations and barriers found that production was not a major motivation for vegetable gardening, but that there were numerous other benefits involved. This suggests that backyard gardening is not a viable food security strategy.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/6649
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectUrban Gardeningen_US
dc.subjectYieldsen_US
dc.subjectBenefits of Gardeningen_US
dc.subjectBarriers of Gardeningen_US
dc.subjectInput Costs of Gardeningen_US
dc.subjectVegetable Gardeningen_US
dc.subjectGuelphen_US
dc.titleThe Potential of Urban Agriculture in Guelphen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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