Situating Sustainability in Place: A Case Study of the Kamloops Public Produce Project

By Robin Reid and Kendra Besanger.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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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

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.135-141. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.224MB).

Robin Reid

Assistant Professor, School of Tourism, Tourism Management Department, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada

Ms. Robin Reid is an Assistant Professor in the Tourism Management Department, Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism, at Thompson Rivers University, B.C.

Kendra Besanger

MA Student, Media and Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Kendra Besanger is a M.A. student in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Q.C.