Addressing nutrition and social connection through community gardening: A South Australian study

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Mehta, Kaye Phillips
Lopresti, Silvia
Thomas, Jessica
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© 2019 Australian Health Promotion Association
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Background This research aimed to evaluate the benefits of the community gardening program called ‘‘Magic Harvest (MH)” with respect to its key elements: social interaction; gardening skills; and, healthier eating. The MH program supports community participants to grow food, share produce, prepare and preserve food. Methods Two focus groups were conducted with participants in MH programs in the south of Adelaide, South Australia. The MH programs were located in lower socio‐economic areas. Focus group interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim, coded and analysed thematically. Results Thirteen participants took part in the focus groups and reported gains in community connectedness and shared learning, skills for growing food and healthy eating and making more sustainable food choices. Conclusion This study highlights the social and nutritional benefits that can be derived from a community gardening program in low‐income communities. Health practitioners and policymakers should consider community gardening as an effective health promotion strategy that can address physical and social determinants of health and nutrition for low‐income communities.
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community development, nutrition, qualitative methods, social determinants
Mehta, K., Lopresti, S., & Thomas, J. (2019). Addressing nutrition and social connection through community gardening: A South Australian study. Health Promotion Journal of Australia.