INTEGRATED EXTENSION PROGRAMS IN COMMUNITY GARDENING
North Carolina Cooperative Extension adopted an integrated approach to addressing complex issues through community gardening. Extension specialists and county agents in horticulture, community development, family consumer science and 4-H youth development worked together to develop program materials, training and evaluation tools. A series of workshops were conducted around the state for Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, county Extension agents, community gardeners, and public and non profit agency staff. In addition integration beyond Extension included public health and community-based partners. A statewide website and listserve were created to distribute supporting information and promote communication.
Bradley, L.K., Baldwin, K., Jakes, S., Jayaratne, K.S.U., Neill, K.C., Driscoll, E.A. and Beth, D. (2010). INTEGRATED EXTENSION PROGRAMS IN COMMUNITY GARDENING. Acta Hortic. 881, 67-71
community development, collaborative approach, shared responsibility, training