Of Mice and Men: Ten Years (Plus) after the Start of Idealistic Community Garden Projects in Bloomington, Indiana

Zilia Balkansky-Selles (Indiana University)

In 2010, I engaged in participant-observer fieldwork in Bloomington, Indiana, in two emerging community gardens, the Bloomington Community Orchard and the Green Acres Neighborhood Garden. I interviewed community activists who used gardens as sites for advocacy and community development. People were enthusiastic about the promise of these practices and places. Ten plus years on, both community garden projects exist, but there have been significant changes. In 2023, I revisited the sites and people to find out what had changed, developed, and what had been learned.

Part of V5-03 Spaces, Places, and Sites of Folklore, Thursday, October 12, 10:30 am–12:30 pm