Though community gardens (CGs) have emerged as a potential strategy to improve access to and consumption of fruit and vegetables, few published studies inform program planning, implementation, or maintenance of CG initiatives. Grounded in the community-based participatory research approach and guided by the RE-AIM (reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance) framework, this qualitative case study explored perceptions of CG among 6 CG leaders and 21 CG participants in the health disparate Dan River region. Findings highlight key opportunities to promote the successful reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance of CGs in similar vulnerable communities.
- community-based participatory research
- health status disparities
- qualitative research
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health