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Dr. Edward Van Buren


In today’s world of agribusiness and factory farming, the home garden provides an alternate source of nutritious food at the household level. The home garden occupies a unique place as a source of fresh produce, a place for families to unite, a cultural space to maintain one’s roots, and serves an ecological role in the greater landscapes that these gardens form part of. There is a lack of academic analysis and research done on home gardens. The majority of research on gardens is primarily technical -- tips on maintaining soil quality, on the best plants to grow, etc. Home gardens are worthy of a deeper analysis. This paper aims to broaden the scope of analysis by approaching the home garden through various frameworks: anthropology, history, and sustainable design. Home gardens are an act of rebellion against the monoculture of industrial farming and form the foundation of a sustainable future.