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Understanding Food Literacy in Urban Gardeners: A Case Study of the Twin Cities, Minnesota

Department of Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), Gregor-Mendel-Strasse 33, 1180 Wien, Austria
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Sustainability 2019, 11(13), 3617;
Received: 3 May 2019 / Revised: 16 June 2019 / Accepted: 25 June 2019 / Published: 1 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Food, Sustainability and Public Health)
Substantial urbanization has allowed individuals to become increasingly spatially and psychologically distanced from the food system and agricultural practices. Food literacy (FL) has been described as a promising approach to reconnect the city with the country and furthermore address public health issues such as obesity and diet-related disease. The present study examined urban gardening through the lens of the FL approach to determine whether a relationship exists between gardening and FL. The research further investigated the relationship between FL and gardener demographics, participation in educational garden events and socialization among gardeners. Data was collected using an online questionnaire targeted to reach community gardeners (n = 181) in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. The research utilized a novel exam and self-perception based measurement tool to assess gardeners’ level of FL. Results indicated a moderately positive relationship between the years of gardening experience and higher individual FL scores. Participants with higher levels of FL were older individuals and more highly educated. There was no significant difference in FL between gardeners who attended educational events and those that had not. The present research presents an initial investigation into the relationship between food literacy and gardening. This research indicates gardening may warrant consideration in holistic approaches to food literacy but further investigation would be valuable. View Full-Text
Keywords: food literacy; community garden; gardening; twin cities food literacy; community garden; gardening; twin cities
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Grubb, M.; Vogl, C.R. Understanding Food Literacy in Urban Gardeners: A Case Study of the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3617.

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Grubb, Megan; Vogl, Christian R. 2019. "Understanding Food Literacy in Urban Gardeners: A Case Study of the Twin Cities, Minnesota" Sustainability 11, no. 13: 3617.

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