Expanding Community Engagement and Equitable Access Through All-Abilities Community Gardens

Leslie Spencer, Dara Lyn LoBuono, Mahbubur Meenar, Jenna Bottiglieri, Devorah Berman

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Community gardens accessible to people of all abilities provide affordable fresh produce for people with disabilities (PwD) who frequently experience food inequity and related health risks. The objective of this project was to enable 9 community gardens in southern New Jersey to welcome PwD and encourage their use through inclusive designs and practices. Postprogram surveys and a half-day group collaboration session demonstrated the desire of PwD to engage in inclusive gardens, the potential for increased social connections and produce consumption among PwD, and the challenge of limited resources in maintaining community gardens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-840
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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