Document Type

Capstone Experience

Graduation Date


Degree Name

Master of Public Health


Health Promotion

First Committee Member

Courtney Parks

Second Committee Member

Jennie Hill

Third Committee Member

Nathan Morgan


The goal of this capstone and service learning project is to provide The Big Garden, an Omaha, NE based nonprofit organization, with survey data on the growth of their sites and programming over the past five years along with information on current garden needs and capacity. A census survey of a subsample of gardens supported by The Big Garden will provide leadership with information needed as they plan next steps for the organization and specific programming planning. Surveys were distributed to all gardens within their network to collect data on garden characteristics (e.g., size, length of time in operation), production practices, support needed (e.g., financial, volunteer, garden operations), community involvement, programming, barriers, facilitators, impact of the garden on the community, and capacity. Surveys were analyzed using descriptive statistics (e.g., frequency of response). The data collected will provide leadership at The Big Garden with information on the role and impact of the gardens in the community, as well as the gardens’ success, challenges and future support needed.

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Public Health Commons