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Culminating Project Title

Community Gardens in Central Minnesota

Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Social Responsibility: M.S.

First Advisor

Ann Finan

Second Advisor

Tracy Ore

Third Advisor

Mitch Bender

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

community gardens


The focus of this work is to examine community gardens in Central Minnesota (specifically within the three-county area of Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns counties). This paper utilizes qualitative methodologies to compare and contrast community gardens in the area, with attention given to historic context, participation (or lack of) within the community gardening movement, and current community values. Emphasis is given to the differentiation between levels of community within the construct of community gardens as social spaces, as well as the development of the concept of the community garden network among the eighteen gardens studied.



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