CURA’s support has allowed the Urban Farm and Garden Alliance to embark on a measurement project for their gardens. The goal was to collaboratively design a system for measuring multiple yields and use the results from that process to create community friendly guides that will be accessible to anyone interested in doing this type of measurement. The objectives of this CURA project included a pilot growing season from the summer through the fall of 2015 in which the UFGA gardens and backyard gardeners weighed and measured their produce. In addition to the vegetative yield, the UFGA created a community survey about the social impacts (what we are calling “social yield”) of gardening. Based on the results from both measurement yields we have designed community friendly guides to help community members and other urban agriculture organizations appropriately collect data on both the social and vegetative yield of their own gardens as well as disseminate those results in a way that brings their information back into the community.
Conducted on behalf of the Urban Farm & Garden Alliance. Supported by the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program, a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
Urban Farm & Garden Alliance Nelson Report UPDATE.
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