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Home Food Gardening in Canada in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
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Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
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Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3056; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063056
Received: 27 January 2021 / Revised: 2 March 2021 / Accepted: 3 March 2021 / Published: 11 March 2021
The lack of academic attention that home food gardening has received in Canada and the United States is surprising, given the many demonstrated benefits of community gardening programs, including increased community cohesion and resilience. The aim of the exploratory study is to explore the current surge in home food gardening and its relationship to the COVID-19 pandemic. A national survey was conducted, consisting of 43 main questions, asking respondents about their home life and food provisioning during COVID-19, the physical characteristics of their food gardens, and their attitudes and beliefs concerning home food production. Survey results show that 51% of respondents grow at least one type of fruit or vegetable in a home garden. Of those, 17.4% started growing food at home in 2020 during COVID-19 pandemic. To gain more insight into just how significant a cause the pandemic lockdown was on home food gardening, follow-up surveys and policy recommendations are suggested. View Full-Text
Keywords: home gardening; home food production; COVID-19; fruits and vegetables; Canada home gardening; home food production; COVID-19; fruits and vegetables; Canada
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Mullins, L.; Charlebois, S.; Finch, E.; Music, J. Home Food Gardening in Canada in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3056. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063056

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Mullins L, Charlebois S, Finch E, Music J. Home Food Gardening in Canada in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Sustainability. 2021; 13(6):3056. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063056

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Mullins, Lisa, Sylvain Charlebois, Erica Finch, and Janet Music. 2021. "Home Food Gardening in Canada in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic" Sustainability 13, no. 6: 3056. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063056

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