About Our Study

Why Our Work Matters

Community gardens exist in a multitude of venues, including neighborhoods, churches, parks, schools, public housing and are increasingly found in health care settings. We are interested in community gardens not only to identify the processes and outcomes of the gardens themselves but also to apply these learnings to the design of other community level health interventions if applicable.


Project Timeline

The CAPS study began in January 2017 and will continue through December 2020.

This randomized controlled trial will work with more than 300 individual members of the community that will be sorted by lottery into two study groups. One group will receive a community garden plot and the other (the control group) will be placed on a one year waitlist for a community garden plot.

Each year, both gardeners and non-gardeners will provide data about diet and activity at three points during their year of participation to help assess changes. A new wave of participants will begin their health visits each Spring.

Wave 1 –Spring 2017 – Underway
Wave 2- Spring 2018 – Actively Recruiting
Wave 3- Spring 2019 – Final Wave of Study

The data will then be analyzed and results will be published after the completion of the study span.

For Community Gardening Resources, see the Denver Urban Gardens website at www.dug.org