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Volunteers Lead Citizen Science Project to Healthier Lifestyles Through Food Origins

A recent study conducted by University of Florida scientists has found that citizen-scientists participating in urban gardening projects are more likely to adopt healthier lifestyles. The project aimed to understand how these projects impact volunteers.

Led by Catherine Campbell, an assistant professor of family, youth, and community sciences at UF/IFAS, the study involved 180 residents with varying levels of gardening experience in Alachua, Orange, and Broward counties. Participants were tasked with growing a new variety of compact tomato in pots at home using three different methods – planting from seed, transplanting a small plant, and using a flowering plant.

The researchers analyzed which method resulted in the highest fruit yield and which was preferred by participants in terms of taste and effort required. The findings of the study, published in a recent journal article, highlight the positive impact of urban gardening projects on promoting healthier lifestyles among participants.

This study underscores the valuable contribution of citizen scientists in collecting valid data and sheds light on the potential benefits of engaging in community-based gardening activities. The results provide valuable insights for future urban gardening initiatives aiming to promote healthier living among participants.