Home Gardens in Three Mountain Regions of the Iberian Peninsula: Description, Motivation for Gardening, and Gross Financial Benefits

Victoria Reyes-García, Laura Aceituno, Sara Vila, Laura Calvet-Mir, Teresa Garnatje, Alexandra Jesch, Juan José Lastra, Montserrat Parada, Montserrat Rigat, Joan Vallès, Manuel Pardo-De-Santayana

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Abstract

Previous research on tropical home gardens stresses their ecological, economic, and social functions. This article a) describes home gardens (n = 252) in three rural areas of the Iberian Peninsula, b) explores motivations for gardening, and c) computes the gross financial benefits of crops in home gardens. Different from tropical gardens, the studied gardens specialize in edible plants, species with other uses being marginally present. Motivations for gardening relate more to people's way of living (i.e., hobby, keeping traditions) than to economic reasons. The average gross financial value of home gardens in our sample is 1,691 €/year/gardener, equivalent to almost three minimal monthly salaries in Spain. Home gardens seem to also provide noneconomic benefits that help explain the maintenance of those agroecosystems. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-270
JournalJournal of Sustainable Agriculture
Volume36
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012

Keywords

  • Catalan Pyrenees
  • Central Asturias
  • Sierra Norte de Madrid
  • gross value
  • kitchen gardens
  • vegetables

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