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Why do you garden?

Posted by urbanagstudent Mass (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 28, 08 at 20:38

I am a graduate student at Boston University working on a project about urban women community gardeners and their motivation to garden.
Is it purely the love of gardening? Do you garden to improve your food security? Do you see it at all as a form of community/social activism?

Whatever your motivation, I would apprciate any responses. Please also let me know where you garden.
And keep up the good work-- gardening is wonderful for the community, the earth, and the soul!

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RE: Why do you garden?

What an excellent question!!!! I could probably bore you for hours on the suject but to begin with as I'm in the uk can you use me as part of your study? If you can I'd be happy to help you out. Just email me at
Im not the best with computers and i have no idea how i got to this site or if i will ever find it again so if its ok with you email is definatly my safest/easiest way to communicate. Look foward to hearing from you, regards Beth

RE: Why do you garden?

This post is a year old, but just for kicks, I'm responding. I think for me it's mostly the desire for better quality ingredients to cook with. We joined a community share agriculture program last year, and I was BLOWN AWAY by the difference between that and grocery store produce. It was like being introduced to another world. It was also really expensive, though, so I'm trying to grow some of the same things myself. Also, it's fun to play in the dirt, gives me a sense of accomplishment, lets me grow wild and different things that I can't find at the market, and I really like talking to other gardeners. (Go terriers! BC sucks!)

RE: Why do you garden?

For the fame and money. ;-)

RE: Why do you garden?

Fame??!!! MOney is a big motivation for me, too. I can't buy produce like the stuff I can grow. -That and I like to play in the dirt.

RE: Why do you garden?

again really old post, but all the same, very interesting question. i really like to garden because of the gratification that you get from growing something both beautiful and useful...those are things that are hard to come by in these days..

RE: Why do you garden?

As far as I am concerned, it is like asking: why do you breathe?
I can not imagine my life without it (nor would I choose to).


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