Boston’s Ethnic Community Gardens in the Face of Demographic Change
This presentation draws on photographs, interview data, and GIS maps to compare four distinct ethno-cultural community gardening traditions in Boston – African American, Hispanic, Chinese and Italian gardens – and how these traditions take physical shape on the urban landscape. As well, this presentation highlights how a decline in ethnic populations in some neighborhoods has impacted ethno-cultural gardening traditions and practices. As gardens lose diversity, along with their respective neighborhoods, certain cultural gardening practices and traditions may be disappearing. Meanwhile, new traditions and practices emerge as new gardeners move in.