Small-scale urban agriculture: Drivers of growing produce at home and in community gardens in Detroit

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The desire for fresh, local food has increased interest in alternative food production approaches, such as private small-scale agriculture, wherein households grow their own food. Accordingly, it is worth investigating private agricultural production, especially in urban areas, given that an increasing share of the world's population is living in cities. This study analyzed the growth of produce at people's homes and in community gardens, focusing on behavioral and socio-demographic factors. Data were collected through an online survey in Detroit, Michigan; 420 citizens were interviewed. The results revealed that trust, attitude, and knowledge affect the growing of produce at home. Involvement and personality are also drivers of community gardening. Regarding socio-demographics, household size affects the growing of produce at home, while gender, age, and income affect community gardening. The findings have valuable implications for stakeholders who wish to foster private smallscale urban agriculture, for example, through city planning and nutrition education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0256913
JournalPloS one
Issue number9 September
StatePublished - Sep 2021

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