Links to interesting gardening and food sharing related activities, websites, organisations and publications.

Research projects

Economic alternatives in Czechia

Website of the project funded by the Czech Science Foundation (No. 14-33094S) based at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University and led by Nadia Johanisova. Members of the project team Spaces of quiet sustainability participated in the Economic alternatives in Czechia project which explored Czech informal economic practices including food self-provisioning and sharing. Website only in Czech.

Between home and nature: urban political ecology of allotment gardening in post-socialist city and its urban impacts
Research project led by Petr Gibas (Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences) focused on alltoment sites in Prague.

An ERC project using a collaborative and trans-disciplinary approach to assess the practice and sustainability potential of city-based food sharing economies.

Sharing & Caring
COST Action aiming to develop a European network of actors focusing on the development of collaborative economy models and platforms and on social and technological implications of the collaborative economy through a practice-focused approach.

Global Informality Project
Online resource global collection of invisible, yet powerful informal practices.

Websites and organisations

Czech Union of Allotment and Leisure Gardenes
Website of the Union of mostly allotment gardeners with over 170,000 members in Czechia.

Urban Food Futures
A blog in English and French on urban gardening, food distribution and consumption aimed at dissemination of academic knowledge to the general public.
Emma Burnett’s article about home gardening as a form of resilience (based on a paper by the research team members) here.

Foodie Hub
A web platform connecting academics and undergraduate and postgraduate students and food enthusiasts interested in food issues.
Selected scientific publications
Previous publications of the project team members. For current publications see Publications and media.

Duží, B., Tóth, A. Vávra, J. Supuka, J. (2018). Where are the post-communist allotment gardens heading? Focus point on the Czech Republic. In AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Workshop 2018: Towards Sustainable City Region Food Systems (pp. 46-49 ). Torino: Politecnico di Torino, Universita di Torino. here

Fendrychová, L., Jehlička, P. (2018). Revealing the hidden geography of alternative food networks: The travelling concept of farmers’ markets. Geoforum, 95, 1-10. here

de Hoop, E., Jehlička, P. (2017). Reluctant pioneers in the European periphery? Environmental activism, food consumption and “growing your own”. Local Environment, 22(7), 809-824. here

Jehlička, P., Daněk, P. (2017). Rendering the actually existing sharing economy visible: Home-grown food and the pleasure of sharing. Sociolgia Ruralis, 57(3), 274-296. here

Jehlička, P., Daněk, P., Vávra, J. (in press). A change engaging resilience: Home gardening, food sharing and everyday resistance. Canadian Journal of Development Studies. here (short popular article here)

Jehlička, P., Kostelecký, T., Smith, J. (2013). Food self-provisioning in Czechia: Beyond coping strategy of the poor: A response to Alber and Kohler’s ‘Informal food production in the enlarged European Union’ (2008). Social Indicators Research, 111(1), 219-234. here

Jehlička, P., Smith, J. (2011). An unsustainable state: Contrasting food practices and state policies in the Czech Republic. Geoforum, 42(3), 362-372. here

Jehlička, P., Smith, J. (2012). Sustainability and the “urban peasant”: rethinking the cultural politics of food self-provisioning in the Czech Republic. In P. Zahrádka, R. Sedláková (eds). New Perspectives on Consumer Culture Theory and Research (pp. 78-96). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. here

Smith, J., Kostelecký, T., Jehlička, P. (2013). Quietly does it: Questioning assumptions about class, sustainability and consumption. Geoforum, 67, 223-232. here

Smith, J., Jehlička, P. (2013). Quiet sustainability: Fertile lessons from Europe’s productive gardeners. Journal of Rural Studies, 32, 148-157. here

Sovová, L. (2015). Self-provisioning, sustainability and environmental consciousness in Brno allotment gardens. Sociální Studia, 12(3), 11-26. here

Sovová, L., Krylová, R. (2019). The countryside in the city? Rural-urban dynamics in Brno, Czech Republic. Moravian Geographical Reports, 27(2), 108-121. here

Tóth, A., Duží, B., Vávra, J., Supuka, J., Bihuňová, M., Halajová, D., Martinát, S., Nováková, E. (2018). Changing patterns of allotment gardening in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Nature and Culture, 13(1), 162-188. here

Vávra, J., Cudlínová, E., Lapka, M. (2013). Food and sustainability: Food self-provisioning and food shopping habits in the Czech Republic and selected EU countries. In Sborník příspěvků z mezinárodní vědecké konference Region v rozvoji společnosti 2013 (pp. 400-409). Brno: Mendel University. here

Vávra, J., Megyesi, B., Duží, B., Craig, T., Klufová, R., Lapka, M., Cudlínová, E. (2018). Food self-provisioning in Europe: An exploration of socio-demographic factors in five regions. Rural Sociology, 83(2), 431-461. here

Vávra, J., Daněk, P., Jehlička, P. (2018). What is the contribution of food self-provisioning towards environmental sustainability? A case study of active gardeners. Journal of Cleaner Production, 185, 1015-1023. here