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Encouraging organic cultivation practices in Swiss allotment gardens

Jahrl, Ingrid and Home, Robert (2014) Encouraging organic cultivation practices in Swiss allotment gardens. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 4, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 1059-1062.

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Allotment gardens are usually managed by associations, with small allotment plots rented to individual tenant gardeners. Many garden associations have rules for organic production but the rules are neither followed nor policed. To find ways to motivate gardeners to manage their plots organically, we investigate the attitudes of Swiss gardeners towards organic gardening, and which motivations can be used to encourage and promote organic garden management. Interviews with 32 gardeners and other key informants from three Swiss target cities were analysed using content analysis. We found that organic practices are more likely when knowledge is held and that the social environment has a strong influence on behaviour, so potential exists for encouraging a culture where organic cultivation is the norm. Education strategies should therefore be developed in consultation with integration and education specialists to enhance their effectiveness by reaching their target groups in a way that encourages the cultural change.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Allotment gardens, organic gardening, motivations, knowledge transfer, Switzerland, Urban areas, Urbane Räume
Agrovoc keywords:
Subjects: Farming Systems > Social aspects
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Switzerland
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Society > Rural sociology
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Deposited By: Jahrl, Ingrid
ID Code:24352
Deposited On:03 Nov 2014 10:45
Last Modified:15 Mar 2022 10:46
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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