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“To me, it's just natural to be in the garden”: a multi-site investigation of new community gardener motivation using Self-Determination Theory

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Abstract

We compare interviews with 30 new community gardeners in Denver, Colorado and Montpellier, France, using Self-determination theory, a general theory of motivation, to determine how new community gardeners may or may not have felt motivated based on psychological needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Relatedness as a motivational feature carried through the interview data at both sites. Participants’ success or failure to relate to other gardeners was a major influence for how autonomous and competent as a community gardener they expressed feeling. As the evidence grows that community gardening is beneficial for health and wellbeing, our findings are critical to understanding how community gardening could serve as a health promotion strategy. With the presence of ongoing, friendly support from others, more individuals may adhere to this socially connective, nature-based practice.
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hal-03761818 , version 1 (26-08-2022)

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Ashby Sachs, Marion Tharrey, Nicole Darmon, Katherine Alaimo, Arianna Boshara, et al.. “To me, it's just natural to be in the garden”: a multi-site investigation of new community gardener motivation using Self-Determination Theory. Wellbeing, Space and Society, 2022, 3, 8 p. ⟨10.1016/j.wss.2022.100088⟩. ⟨hal-03761818⟩
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