This article describes the perceived physical and psychological health impacts of community gardening on participants in the Mississippi Delta. Themes identified include the use of gardening as an educational tool and as a means to increase self-efficacy and responsibility for personal and community health. Additional benefits of gardening as identified by the study include exposure to new types of healthy foods, increased physical activity, and the building of a legacy. Incorporation of gardening into school curriculum could equip young residents with gardening skills and improve the likelihood that community gardens will be maintained.
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Landry, A. S., Chittendon, N., Coker, C. E., & Weiss, C. (2015). Perceived Effects of Community Gardening in Lower Mississippi Delta Gardening Participants. The Journal of Extension, 53(4), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol53/iss4/14