Digging In

Food Literacy Communication & Sustainability Advocacy in Community Sharing Gardens
  • Myriam  Beaugé
Part of the International Issues in Adult Education book series (ADUL)


The past two Internet-focused decades have produced a recurring theme: the planet is shrinking. Technological innovation has enabled communication between people, as well as across nations and cultures, at a level of ease previously unimaginable. However, that sense of the world getting smaller also stems from a heightened awareness of the resources that we must extract from the planet to feed a growing population, particularly in urban centres where residents are typically disconnected from their food sources.


Urban Agriculture Community Garden Food Sovereignty Social Sustainability Sustainability Communication 
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  • Myriam  Beaugé
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  1. 1.North VancouverCanada

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