Development of a Community Organic Vegetable Garden in Baltimore, Maryland: A Student Service-Learning Approach to Community Engagement
Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition
Urban community gardens are growing in many U.S. cities. More than 100 universities have established campus‚Äìcommunity 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‚Äôs 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‚Äìcommunity project that strengthened service learning and community engagement for improved health, nutrition, and the environment.
Brown-Fraser, Sherine; Forrester, Ivis; Rowel, Randolph; and Richardson, Ava, "Development of a Community Organic Vegetable Garden in Baltimore, Maryland: A Student Service-Learning Approach to Community Engagement" (2015). School of Community Health & Policy. 72.