Motivated by a lifelong interest in gardening and alternative food production, this project investigated the role of community and urban gardens as alternative food spaces in Northeastern Ohio. While many community members used these spaces to supplement their household food security in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, these gardens also filled a crucial role as social spaces where people could interact in a safe and natural space. This project was funded by the McNair Fellowship/Oberlin College Research Fellowship.
Publications related to this research:
- Flachs, Andrew. 2013 “Gardening as Ethnographic Research – Volunteering as a Means for Community Access.” Journal of Ecological Anthropology, 16(1):97-103
- Flachs, Andrew. 2010 “Food For Thought: The Social Impact of Community Gardens in the Greater Cleveland Area.” Electronic Green Journal, 30(1):1-9.