The little cost for your own food: Comparison of fees for urban gardening sites in Japan and Germany

Authors: Naomi Shimpo*, University of Tsukuba
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Landscape, Land Use
Keywords: urban gardening, food security, agricultural economy
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Bacchus, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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As urban residents have more interests in growing food by yourself, you find more variety of urban garden types such as allotment gardens, community gardens, or rental gardens with instructors. The location of the gardens also varies from the city center to peri-urban areas. Depending on activities and locations of the gardens, the cost for using a garden may change. Although the users grow their own food out of conventional market systems, they should still pay some money to land owners or management organizations. So, they need to select a garden suitable for their lifestyle and budget. However, it is not yet clear how much each garden type costs in general. This presentation shows some garden types in urban and peri-urban areas and the average costs of each type through case studies in Japan and Germany. The author collected information about costs for urban gardens through the Internet or notice boards on site. It is found that the annual cost was more expensive in the order of rental gardens with instructor, traditional European allotment gardens, self-harvested vegetable gardens. The fee gets cheaper as less services are provided and their location gets more inconvenient. On the other hand, for community gardens, users do not pay any fee even though they can help each other and the location is convenient in urban areas. In conclusion, the costs of urban gardens mostly depend on their location and services, however, community gardens are out of this trend.

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