Models of Governance in Community Gardening: Fostering Project Longevity

May 28th 2021. 12:00 to 14:00
Friday, May 28, 12:00 – 2:00 pm (EST) (13:00h – 15:00h Brasilia time) 

Positive outcomes from community gardens contribute to the fulfillment of several agendas related to food and nutrition security, urban sustainability, and environmental education. Under this presupposition, several umbrella organizations in the public or nonprofit sectors have been supporting community garden projects. Bottom-up with political and/or administrative support is a governance model in community gardens in which the community plans, implements, and manages a garden with support from the government or non-governmental organizations. Several community gardens in Toronto, Canada, follow this governance structure, which is frequently associated with the success (growing and longevity) of these gardens' initiatives in the city.

This seminar discusses the results of a research project on the day-to-day needs in community gardening projects under a governance structure that counts with administrative support. Despite the diversity of the projects studied, land access, funding, help with human resources, and educational opportunities are typical needs in these gardens. A better understanding of these needs might contribute to the adequate support of community gardening projects.


Michelle Jacob, PhD, Professor, Department of Nutrition, Head of Nutrir Community Garden Laboratory, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil

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