Thoughts For A More Sustainable World: Community Garden Empowerment

by Sarah de Laere, Alexandra Reinhild Berndt, Hilda Arum Nurbayyanti, Tzu-Ting Amanda Chi and Chloe Ledune


This podcast focuses on how community garden can be empowering in different domains such as education, well-being, and social integration. By sharing stories from different community gardens around the world, we present you how community gardens can help to better understand the value of food, improve people’s mental health, help to bring different people from diverse backgrounds together who would otherwise not have met, and much more.

SDGs that inspired our podcast

This podcast is inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular No.11: sustainable cities and communities and No.12: responsible consumption and production. Not only does the community garden contributes to urban green space, improving local biodiversity and microclimates, but it also helps to reduce inequality since the garden can empower people who may have been previously excluded from the community, such as those with low-income and with different cultural backgrounds. In this sense community gardens also contribute to SDG 10: reduced inequalities. Furthermore, community garden strives to educate people on the value of food, sustainable food system and the carbon footprint related to food production and transportation. It offers the opportunity for people to grow their own food and thus produce and consume food in a more sustainable way.

Work process/division of labour

1. Podcast preparation – Podcast script

At first, we separated the podcast script into five parts: introduction, education, well-being, cultural integration, outro. Amanda wrote the script for the introduction, Hilda wrote the script for the education part, Sarah wrote the script for the well-being part, Alexandra wrote the script for the cultural integration part and Chloe wrote the script for the outro. Writing the script also entailed the research part for the script. We then met all together and discussed how to make the whole script smoother and easier to listen to.

2. Podcast production

For the podcast production we all met. Each of us was involved in the podcast production. Each one of us also had several parts in the podcast discussion – It is possible to listen to all our voices.

3. Podcast editing

For the podcast editing, we all met after the peer feedback to implement changes. Amanda, Chloe, Hilda, Alexandra wrote new scripts and did new recordings: Together we added a part in the introduction as our peer review group advised us to give an overview over the topics and examples we give. We added also new parts regarding the SDGs as the peer review groups asked us to explain how exactly the several projects link to the SDGs. Furthermore, we added a new part on the involvement of the government – and also added a part that links this involvement of the government to the concept of bottom-linked projects. The rough editing was done by Hilda and the detailed editing was done by Chloe.

Written document

Written document: Alexandra
Edited: Amanda and Sarah


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