Research - gaps in current approaches

July 26, 2023
Maanya Govil
Time Spent

Main Struggles:


Zoning codes? Legal restrictions? Permits? Government financial support?

Not likely to get land bc inherently not very profitable

Esp in smaller cities – politics create ambiguity that prohibits residents from growing crops  – disputes in municipality and those who participate


Donations? Deposit? Market money?

USDA loan programs for investment in community gardens, healthy food, education

Support/Participation from Community

Not a lot of publicity about community gardens

Shiloh Field

Regular volunteering work?

Stigma – (Not in my backyard)

Remnant of great depression - community gardens were seen as a way for unemployed to work – lower class only – also worried about theft

Worried about noise pollution, disruption, injuries


Tragedy of the commons

Regulations? Structure? Free for all?

Signs for plots? Claiming?

Hold consistent meetings – teamwork + awareness + structure

Current Gaps in Approaches to Community Gardens:

  1. Inclusivity: Some community gardens may lack inclusivity, not reaching out to diverse groups within the community, such as people with disabilities or non-English speakers.
    1. Also typically biased towards specific ages — not very inclusive for elderly who cannot work long hours in the heat on their feet with their back bent
  2. Sustainability: Some community gardens may not prioritize sustainable practices, leading to potential waste and environmental impact.
  3. Education and Awareness: There might be a lack of educational programs and outreach efforts to raise awareness about the benefits of community gardens and how to get involved.
  4. Funding and Resources: Many community gardens struggle with obtaining sufficient funding and resources to support their initiatives and maintain the garden effectively.
    1. Also management of resources grown — internal conflicts between community over responsibilities and benefits

Gaps in current approach - EnviroHouse analysis

  • Enviro House’s competitors all have one core operation and supplementary operations from that. Whilst Enviro House refers to their organisation as a ‘one-stop sustainability centre’, this kind of branding can make them unfocused and confuse their target markets on what it is that Enviro House actually does.