Refugees Connecting with a New Country through Community Food Gardening
2.1. Study Setting and Population
2.2. Data Collection and Analysis
- Why did you join the garden?
- Why do you come to the garden?
- Why is being part of the garden important for you?
3. Results and Discussion
3.1. Theme 1: Land Tenure
In Africa it is the citizens who have gardens. The foreigners do not have gardens. Now I have a garden, I feel like a citizen.(Gardener F)
When she digs her own farm and grows the way she knows, then she will eat what she knows.(Gardener B).
He is relieved to have a land here to dig. He believes it was very important for an African person, if they didn’t go to school, which majority didn’t, they had to be a farmer. So the closeness was very good, the bond between the human and the soil was of great importance. … This is the only place here for him to dig so that is why it is important for him.(Gardener D).
3.2. Theme 2: Re-Connecting with Agri-Culture
Both my parents were farmers. It’s knowledge and skills passed down through the generations. I have just been given a plot and am doing everything according to my knowledge and talent basically. I plant them the way I know.(Gardener B)
Remember when the maize grew, that was huge. That was amazing, it was like we had all this stuff.(Gardener G)
If you’re a farmer, it covers the whole part of your life, in terms of exercising and in terms of your whole wellbeing. It is very important for me to be in the garden for my whole total wellbeing.(Gardener E)
3.3. Theme 3: Community Belonging
She says when the produce are good it makes her happy because everything is good and she can share with other people. She relates better with people when she has good products and good produce. She feels good about it.(Gardener B)
Like last year, I grow maize and peanut in the garden and cassava, so I give it to my friends. It’s a good thing to give it because if I have something they need I can give and if they have something I need, they can give to me also.(Gardener A)
It brings a lot of, not only satisfaction but relief, sense of belonging and you feel people understand you, you feel people… you’re part of that community that you’re in.(Gardener A)
In the garden there, we work together, yeah .Get things done. Is good because we need to know each other and work together or things won’t finish.(Gardener D)
3.4. Broader Significance of Findings
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Harris, N.; Minniss, F.R.; Somerset, S. Refugees Connecting with a New Country through Community Food Gardening. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 9202-9216. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph110909202
Harris N, Minniss FR, Somerset S. Refugees Connecting with a New Country through Community Food Gardening. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2014; 11(9):9202-9216. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph110909202Chicago/Turabian Style
Harris, Neil, Fiona Rowe Minniss, and Shawn Somerset. 2014. "Refugees Connecting with a New Country through Community Food Gardening" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11, no. 9: 9202-9216. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph110909202