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Agricultural allotment gardens : village-like communities


KALA Lukáš

Year of publication 2017
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Description Recently, researchers have shown an increased interest in urban agriculture and cities’ food self-sufficiency. Surveys such as that conducted by Jehlička, Kostelcký and Smith (2013) have shown that Czech urban food self-provisioning is not just a coping strategy but rather specific hobby bringing health, environmental and social benefits – “quiet sustainability”. However, much less is known about specific communities emerging within urban-rural environments. Whereas that many scholars describe individualization and disintegration of rural communities in the country, we have observed village-like communities within urban environments. The paper builds on the case study research within five agricultural allotment gardens in Brno, Czech republic. It is based on an analysis of in-depth interviews with active gardeners and members of horticultural associations. The paper shows that the allotment gardens are not only environmentally and economically beneficial, but they provide also quasi-rural space for community building in cities.
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