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The Potential of Urban Agriculture in Guelph

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dc.contributor.advisor Fraser, Evan CoDyre, Michael 2013-05-08T13:23:09Z 2013-05-08T13:23:09Z 2013-05 2013-04-29 2013-05-08
dc.description.abstract There 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.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Urban Gardening en_US
dc.subject Yields en_US
dc.subject Benefits of Gardening en_US
dc.subject Barriers of Gardening en_US
dc.subject Input Costs of Gardening en_US
dc.subject Vegetable Gardening en_US
dc.subject Guelph en_US
dc.title The Potential of Urban Agriculture in Guelph en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Geography en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of Geography en_US
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