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Gardeners’ Past Gardening Experience and Its Moderating Effect on Community Garden Participation

Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Sustainability 2019, 11(12), 3308; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11123308
Received: 17 May 2019 / Revised: 7 June 2019 / Accepted: 11 June 2019 / Published: 15 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development)
Studies on participation in community gardens have revealed that gardeners’ participation is driven by functional and emotional motives. Most studies, however, have failed to recognize gardeners’ diverse characteristics. To fill this research gap, this study examined the moderating effect that variations within gardeners has on their participation, particularly as in the case of past gardening experience. The data for this study were obtained through a survey administered in three plot-based community gardens in Austin, Texas. Results revealed that increased gardening experience bolsters the effect of emotional motivations on garden participation, while no effect was shown in the relationship between functional motivations and participation. The importance of gardeners’ past gardening experience on emotional motivations is discussed as it relates to sustained participation in gardening. View Full-Text
Keywords: past gardening experience; allotment gardens; plot-based community gardens; long-term gardeners; garden participation past gardening experience; allotment gardens; plot-based community gardens; long-term gardeners; garden participation
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Lee, J.H.; Matarrita-Cascante, D. Gardeners’ Past Gardening Experience and Its Moderating Effect on Community Garden Participation. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3308. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11123308

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Lee JH, Matarrita-Cascante D. Gardeners’ Past Gardening Experience and Its Moderating Effect on Community Garden Participation. Sustainability. 2019; 11(12):3308. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11123308

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Lee, Jae H., and David Matarrita-Cascante. 2019. "Gardeners’ Past Gardening Experience and Its Moderating Effect on Community Garden Participation" Sustainability 11, no. 12: 3308. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11123308

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