With increased focus on local foods, food safety, nutrition, and physical health, community gardens are being created by a variety of entities, many of which are seeking assistance from Extension agents and specialists in the fields of horticulture, family consumer science, and 4-H. Extension professionals have expertise in nutrition, health, food safety, and food production, yet have little training in community garden design, which can provide the framework for successful gardens. Based on analysis of landscape elements of 10 professionally designed community gardens, recommendations were developed to help Extension professionals work with garden designers and volunteers.
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Bradley, L. K., Lelekacs, J. M., Asher, C. T., & Sherk, J. T. (2014). Design Matters in Community Gardens. The Journal of Extension, 52(1), Article 30. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.52.01.30