COLLEGE COMMUNITY GARDENS AT PURDUE: MAXIMUM CULTURAL DIVERSITY AT PLAY
Purdue University Village, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, offers apartment living to students with families. The gardens have been integral part of the Village since its inception, with the acknowledged function of contributing to the improvement of resident life. Plots of different size are rented to both village residents and individuals from the community. A strong international presence (60%) reflects in a great variety of plant species and growing techniques. The gardens contribute considerably to family food supply and provide an opportunity for individuals of different generations to meet, work, exchange ideas, share seeds, vegetables, languages and different cultures. They serve as a cultural mixing place for foreigners and locals, allowing people to keep growing and culinary traditions, while at the same time being exposed to different ones. Renters are the primary beneficiaries of the food they grow, therefore plots are generally intensively managed and produce is virtually pesticide-free. The gardens are vibrant with activities and at the same time relaxing and sought after for leisure, especially on week-ends and after-work evenings. With renewed interest in urban food production, we hope this experience will grow and strengthen, possibly helping the spread of other community gardens in the area.
Paino D¿Urzo, M., Alkire, B., Harby, N., Weizbauer, R. and Anderson, M. (2010). COLLEGE COMMUNITY GARDENS AT PURDUE: MAXIMUM CULTURAL DIVERSITY AT PLAY. Acta Hortic. 881, 825-828
community gardens, allotment gardens