NEW TRENDS IN MEDITERRANEAN URBAN VEGETABLE GARDENING
After reviewing the reasons for vegetable gardening and the main typologies of traditional urban vegetable cultivation in the Mediterranean region, scientific and operative questions related to the case study of Catania urban area are highlighted. The paper briefly reviews agronomical and biological traits of urban and peri-urban vegetable gardening as expressions of a specific environment as well as reflecting the long horticultural history of Sicily. Data acquired are of interest from an historical point of view and in perspective may represent a useful tool to preserve crops, landraces and their growing knowledge with the aim to exploit them for product innovation by new food process technologies. Future trends and the new functions of urban vegetable gardening were also analysed.
La Malfa, G., Branca, F., Tribulato, A. and Romano, D. (2010). NEW TRENDS IN MEDITERRANEAN URBAN VEGETABLE GARDENING. Acta Hortic. 881, 131-136
home gardens, peri-urban farms, genetic resources, specialty crops, vegetable production system