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The Motivation of Urban Gardens in Mountain Areas. The Case of South Tyrol

Eurac Research, 39100 Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
Sustainability 2020, 12(10), 4304; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12104304
Received: 29 March 2020 / Revised: 11 May 2020 / Accepted: 12 May 2020 / Published: 25 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Farming for Social Innovation and Viability in Rural Areas)
Urban gardens have attracted considerable academic attention in recent years. Several studies have, in fact, emphasized their positive contribution in terms of social integration, community health, urban regeneration, and food security, and explored individual gardeners´ motivations behind these practices. While these topics are well-documented with reference to metropolitan urban areas, few studies have been carried out in relation to other contexts such as mountain areas. This limited interest is probably due to the reduced urbanization of these areas, a preference for other forms of horticulture (essentially those practiced in people’s own homes) or the use of different solutions to mitigate the negative effects of social problems. The recent proliferation of urban gardens in South Tyrol (IT) makes this mountain province an interesting laboratory for practices and narratives associated with socially innovative urban gardening experiences. This paper presents a characterization of all urban gardening initiatives in South Tyrol through cartographical representation. It explains gardeners´ and public institutions´ motivations, as well as non-gardeners’ perceptions of urban gardening. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in the various South Tyrolean municipalities where urban gardening projects have been undertaken. The results suggest the great importance of the social and environmental aspect of urban gardens, and an interest in reconnecting with food practices even when food access is not a priority. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban gardens; urban gardening; South Tyrol; mountain areas; motivations urban gardens; urban gardening; South Tyrol; mountain areas; motivations
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Cattivelli, V. The Motivation of Urban Gardens in Mountain Areas. The Case of South Tyrol. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4304. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12104304

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