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"Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let's stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another." - Anne Raver

A snippet from my qualifying exam + upcoming activities

I recently passed my qualifying exam, a major milestone in the PhD journey and a significant moment as a researcher and writer. My next move is to finish drafting my dissertation proposal for review my advisor and second reader to review, and then bring a third outside reviewer on board. This is what I'll be working on this winter.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share my two concluding paragraphs (slightly edited) from the qualifying exam, along with some upcoming activities related to the work this week.

To appreciate community gardening as a reflection food justice and civic ecology requires a deeper look into the constituent terms, community and gardening. Each is rich and context-dependent, involving complex webs of interaction among people, patterns, and larger systems. Both are spaces where learning and action occur within spatial, temporal, and cultural boundaries, with processes of competition and cooperation creating the potential for interesting surprises and problems…