Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 93–105 | Cite as

Exploring the social bases of home gardening

  • Justin L. SchuppEmail author
  • Jeff S. Sharp


The study of alternatives to conventional industrial agricultural production has intensified in recent years. While many types of alternative production systems, and the motivations of individuals to participate in them, have been studied, there are significant gaps in the literature. One such dearth is research on those participating in self-provisioning activities. This study begins to fill the gap by looking at the self-provisioning activity of home gardening using data from the 2008 Ohio Survey of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Issues. Discerning who household gardeners are is important given the recent economic, cultural, and political climate of the United States. The results show that home gardening occurs throughout the state of Ohio at surprisingly high levels. Bivariate and multivariate analyses reveal several noteworthy associations between gardening and household characteristics, including spatial location, pro-environmental and economic hardship behaviors, and level of participation in localized food systems.


Alternative agriculture Food security Home gardening Local foods Ohio Self-provisioning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.School of Environment and Natural ResourcesThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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