Asset Assessments and Community Gardens


in Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199735846
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315864 | DOI:
Asset Assessments and Community Gardens

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Community gardens, and more specifically those involving food security, have engendered community asset assessments with this sphere as a focus. Community gardens, as a result, can respond to a range of instrumental community needs such as food security, places for intergenerational and interethnic contact, and community beautification. Expressive community needs, although much more difficult to measure but, nonetheless, equally important, can be met by having community gardens foster social capital bonding and bridging by providing a place and space for residents to gather and connect with each other. Furthermore, expressive needs can be fostered that cross generations, cultures, and knowledge and abilities pertaining to growing food.

Keywords: community gardens; food security; expressive needs

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