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School Gardens: Cultivating Food Security in Nova Scotia Public Schools?
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
Hobart & William Smith Coll, Womens Studies, Geneva, NY 14456 USA..
Mt St Vincent Univ, Dept Appl Human Nutr, Halifax, NS, Canada..
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2016 (English)In: Canadian journal of dietetic practice and research, ISSN 1486-3847, Vol. 77, no 3, 119-124 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: A small but growing body of peer-reviewed research suggests that school gardens can play a role in building community food security (CFS); however, to date little research exploring the role of school gardens in supporting CFS is available. This paper begins to address this gap in the literature. Methods: A qualitative, exploratory, single-case study design was used. The focus of this case study was the school food garden at an elementary school in the River Valley, Nova Scotia, school community. Results: Results provide useful information about potential CFS effects of school gardens in addition to the environmental effects on school gardens important to their effectiveness as CFS tools. Findings suggest children gained food-related knowledge, skills, and values that support long-term CFS. A local social and political landscape at the community, provincial, and school board level were key to strengthening this garden's contributions to CFS. Conclusions: We support Dietitians of Canada's nomination of school gardens as an indicator of CFS with theoretical and practical evidence, underscore the importance of a supportive environment, and need for further research in this area. Health professionals and community organizations provide critical support, helping to weave gardens into a greater movement towards building CFS.

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Toronto: DIETITIANS CANADA , 2016. Vol. 77, no 3, 119-124 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-13049DOI: 10.3148/cjdpr-2015-051ISI: 000382322300005PubMedID: 26916844OAI: diva2:1006488
Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2016-11-08Bibliographically approved

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