This paper shows the ways that ethnographers can develop a more effective qualitative understanding of community gardens by volunteering as gardeners. It explains how volunteering helps gain access to different facets of the garden community. Ultimately, it shows that volunteering can provide an anthropological perspective on the idea, prevalent in the literature, that many people join community gardens only for the economic benefits.
Flachs, Andrew. "Gardening as Ethnographic Research: Volunteering as a Means for Community Access." Journal of Ecological Anthropology 16, no. 1 (2013): 97-103.
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