Using a recent public garden project from Kamloops, BC Canada as a case-study, this paper explores the ways in which public edible gardens have the potential to redefine current discourses and practical approaches to sustainability on a local level. We engage with a cross-section of interdisciplinary literature that both questions and interrupts mainstream definitions of sustainability. Drawing from this literature and our research results as participant observers, we ask questions about how public produce gardens, as sites of collaboration, might speak to current discourses of sustainability, social capital, and sense of place in urban centers.
|Keywords:||Public Produce, Urban Agriculture, Public Space, Community Activism, Food Policy, Sustainability, Public Policy, Healthy Urban Landscapes, Community Gardens, Sense of Place, Community Partnerships|
Assistant Professor, School of Tourism, Tourism Management Department, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada
MA Student, Media and Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada