ACGA, in its effort to improve the knowledge and practice of community gardening, has formed a Research Committee, which is open to all members. For more information on how to be involved with the Research Committee please email info@communitygarden.org.

Our 2009 Greening Review and previous editions of the Greening Review feature topics of interest to the community gardening world as well as to the academic, professional, non-governmental, and governmental worlds. The 2009 edition and the 1999 – 2003 editions of the Community Greening Review can be downloaded below. The 25th Anniversary edition is available from the ACGA Online Store. Related articles are available on the Articles page.

In 1992, ACGA published an initial Research Agenda for the Impact of Community Greening. Click here to download a PDF version of the full Monograph. The Agenda identified seven areas in need of research and development:

  1. The effect of community greening projects on property values.
  2. The relationship of community greening projects and programs to city wide open space policies and plans.
  3. Participatory planning and design approaches and techniques.
  4. Community gardening as an individual empowerment tool.
  5. The development of constituencies for community greening.
  6. The contribution of community greening to building social cohesiveness.
  7. Community gardens as a meeting place for different cultural groups.

Research Reports

Property Values

A New York University study examined the effect of community gardens on nearby property values. The study of 636 NYC community gardens shows a statistically significant and increasing over time, positive effect on sales prices of residential properties within a 1000 foot radius of a community garden when compared to properties outside the 1000 foot ring but still with in the same neighborhood. The net tax benefit over a 20 year period to the city is estimated at 647 million dollars or $1 million per garden.

Download PDF of this study (191 KB).

A Pilot study of community gardening in Southeast Toronto

This power point, presented at the ACGA 2005 conference by Carolin Taron, Community Researcher (Centre for Urban Health Initiatives), focuses on the work of a coalition in Toronto which looked at the impacts of Community Gardens in Toronto.

Download a copy of this study (5.48 MB).

Community Development through Gardening: State and Local Policies Transforming Urban Open Space

Jan Schukoske, Associate Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law and Director of the Community Development Clinic, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT THROUGH GARDENING: STATE AND LOCAL POLICIES TRANSFORMING URBAN OPEN SPACE

Download a copy of this study (172 KB).

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