This thesis explores the effects of urban gardening programs on the community in which they exist using a qualitative research method. Current literature relating to the topic is explored through discussions and summaries that expose the differing opinion on the effects of gardening programs on urban dwellers. Classical sociological theories form the foundation fr0m which the urban personality is analyzed. The study takes place at an urban community garden in, the South Bronx, New York. The sample consists ,of volunteers and leaders of organizations that were fundamental in the development of the community garden. Twenty seven 3rd grade students, which are the primary users of the garden, are also included in the sample. Findings of this study revealed that the activity ofgardening was important to the people involved; but more essential were the positive effects of working together toward-a ·common goal.


Fitz Gibbon, Heather


Sociology and Anthropology

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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