Title

Development of a Community Organic Vegetable Garden in Baltimore, Maryland: A Student Service-Learning Approach to Community Engagement

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition

Publication Date

2015

Date Added

2022-07-12

Abstract

Urban community gardens are growing in many U.S. cities. More than 100 universities have established campus–community gardens; however. limited published data exist on the development of a university student-led, community-engaged garden in an urban setting. This article describes the principles and practices used in developing the Morgan State University Nutritional Sciences Program’s Community Organic Vegetable Garden. This urban community garden was initiated to promote healthy eating, service learning, community engagement, and student involvement. As a result, garden participation increased 4-fold, various crops were grown, and agriculture knowledge increased. In addition to the enhancement of landscaping and social interactions, a survey was developed. The garden positively influenced fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, and environmental awareness. This was a successful campus–community project that strengthened service learning and community engagement for improved health, nutrition, and the environment.

DOI

10.1080/19320248.2014.962778

Keywords

Health

Disciplines

Public Health

Comments/Extra Notes

Additional authors: Spence, Ashley Nicole

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