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How the Pacific Northwest Could Be Won – Overcoming Barriers to Growing Food in Yards
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores how to overcome barriers to growing food in yards in cities of North America’s Pacific Northwest Coastal Region, to help build towards a more sustainable society. We used a survey and interviews to investigate what barriers prevent people with access to yards from growing food, or prevent them from increasing the amount of food grown in their yards, and how these barriers can be overcome. We also collected data to determine the resource inputs and production and/or financial outputs for three groups of people involved with growing food in yards: Do-it-yourself gardeners, Consultants involved with designing and implementing food gardens, and Commercial Urban Farmers. This allowed us to gain a better understanding of the current reality and identify what role these groups can play in helping to overcome the barriers. Based on our results, we made a list of recommended actions that are tangible, move in the right direction towards sustainability, can act as stepping stones for future improvements, and could provide a positive return on investment, in order to help individuals with access to yards who are interested in growing food overcome the barriers facing them.

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2011. , 100 p.
Keyword [en]
Commercial Urban Farmers, Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, Organic Agriculture, Sustainability, Permaculture, Urban Agriculture, Yards
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-4242Local ID: diva2:831571
Educational program
SLASL (Master programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2011-06-14 Last updated: 2015-11-09Bibliographically approved

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