Semester of Graduation

Fall 2023


Master of Science (MS)


School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences (SPESS)

Document Type



Community gardens have been rising in popularity over the past few years (Mayers, 2023). In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people across the United States have decided that it is crucial to grow their own food and develop sustainability within their community. Historically, Black communities have been underserved and ignored, especially in relation to food security and community safety (White, 2019, Penniman, 2018). The purpose of this study was to collect information about the effects of community-based gardening programs on Black people in Southeast Louisiana. Additionally, the researcher would like to gain knowledge regarding the reasons that Black people join or do not join gardening programs; and understand how a community garden could be beneficial to their quality of life. This study will also provide information on how to improve community gardens on the basis of attendance, safety, access, and sustainability. This study was conducted using the survey program Qualtrics and distributed state-wide through email lists associated with garden clubs, local community gardens and farms, the Master Gardener Program, and the Louisiana State University and Southern University AgCenter social media pages and offices.



Committee Chair

Heather Kirk-Ballard