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Meaning of organic gardening in Swiss allotment gardens

Jahrl, Ingrid and Home, Robert (2016) Meaning of organic gardening in Swiss allotment gardens. Poster at: GROWING IN CITIES: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Gardening, Basel, Switzerland, September 9-10, 2016.

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The degree of knowledge about organic gardening influences management practices, with synthetic fertilisers and pesticides more likely to be used when knowledge of alternatives is lacking.
Gardeners often already apply some principles of organic gardening but misinformation exists about the concept. Incremental change might be fostered through targeted communication strategies. The effectiveness and purposefulness of organic gardening need to be demonstrated to gardeners and their representatives, through e.g. diversifying the supply of information and education, creating opportunities for networking, and offering more tools for support.
The decision of whether to garden organically is a combination of the attitude held by the gardener and the culture among neighbours and within the gardening association; with city regulations playing a less important role. Through demonstrating the advantages and practical applications of organic gardening management, there is potential for creating a culture of organic gardening in Swiss allotment gardens.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:organic gardening, allotment gardening, motivations, Switzerland, Urbane Räume, Urban areas
Subjects: Farming Systems > Social aspects
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics > Rural sociology
Deposited By: Jahrl, Ingrid
ID Code:33502
Deposited On:06 Aug 2018 07:46
Last Modified:06 Aug 2018 07:46
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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