Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in Sustainability, MS
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
resource use; community gardens; urban agriculture; community organizing; urban political ecology
Louisville, Kentucky has over two dozen active community gardens which are used and maintained by various neighborhoods and organizations. This thesis determines how collaboration and resource sharing manifest in Louisville’s various community gardens. Participant observation was used to select three case study sites and semi-structured interviews were conducted with garden users and managers for each site, and with supporters and funders for Louisville community gardens. I found that Louisville community gardens share three challenges, which are funding, resources, and land ownership. Community garden actors navigate these challenges by exchanging physical resources, shared labor, and knowledge across multiple scales. This thesis utilizes broad scholarship in Urban Political Ecology to explore these experiences of exchange and sharing, which show that access to resources is influenced by political-economic relations in Louisville.
Goldstein, Emily, "Connecting our community : collaboration and resource sharing among community gardens in Louisville, Kentucky." (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3198.