“Homegrown - There is nothing like a homegarden”
Farmers homegardens, their diversity of the plant species used and the associated knowledge of the garden managers, are an integral part of the cultural landscape of the Lienz district of Eastern Tyrol. Together with scholars of the BG / BRG Lienz (with professors for biology, mathematics / Physics and English), we examine the diversity and the use of plants in rural home gardens. The results will be compared to data collected from surveys conducted 20 years ago in the same gardens and will help identify transformations of the gardens and their management. Garden managers motivations, attitudes and values towards gardening will also be investigated.
Within the scope of a complementary Citizen Science module the local gardeners will be invited to participate in our research. They will carry out surveys in their own gardens, to explore the perception of the local population about the physical and intangible ecosystem services of homegardens.
Coordinator: Christian R. Vogl
Institute: Institut für Ökologischer Landbau
Project website: http://www.nas.boku.ac.at/ifoel/arbeitsgruppen/arbeitsgruppe-wissenssysteme-und-innovationen-agwi/projekte/homegrown/