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Development of a Toolkit for Community Gardens to Evaluate the Impact on Community Social Capital

Gardening Matters is dedicated to community gardens, functioning as a clearinghouse on community gardening issues, and as an association, providing events, opportunities and trainings to make each garden successful and sustainable. Community gardens are important for food security, but are also assets for building community, addressing manifold health issues, and improving the safety and livability of the community. As such, community gardens must be able to track, document and present the impact of the community garden on the community. This will help garner support for gardens and the communities in which they are placed and promote an overall better understanding of the role of community gardens in communities. Keith Miller, a graduate student in the Humphrey School, will conduct a literature review, local and national informational interviews, and develop a step-by-step document (the toolkit) that Gardening Matters can then share with the over 450 registered Minnesota community gardens. The results will be used to support community gardening projects in evaluating their gardens.

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Gardening Matters
CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988