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Food Gardens: America's New Favorite Pastime

August 21, 2015 1:00 am

Cities and towns across the country have seen significant growth in the popularity of food gardening. In fact, according to a report by the National Gardening Association, 42 million households are growing food at home or in a community garden, the highest level in over a decade.

Who’s driving this aspiring farm-to-fork trend? Millennials. At 13 million strong, those aged 18 to 24 are the fastest growing population segment of food gardeners, recently spending an overwhelming $1.2 billion on food gardening activities.

Households with children are also contributing to its rise in popularity, totaling 15 million. Additionally, the number of people living in urban areas that participate in food gardening has steadily increased to 9 million.

According to the National Garden Association’s report, the socioeconomic factors spurring the food garden movement include action by federal agencies (such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) to increase awareness and education efforts, and more engagement and public-private partnerships to promote and build food gardens.

So, what are we growing? Per the report, over three-quarters of all households with a food garden grow vegetables.

Source: National Gardening Association

Published with permission from RISMedia.