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Home> Published Issues> 2023> Volume 10, No. 1, June 2023
JOAAT 2023 Vol.10(1): 1-7
doi: 10.18178/joaat.10.1.1-7

Urban Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Designed to Promote Immunonutrition: A Pilot Study

Patricia Mehner-Karam 1,*, C. A. Gutiérrez 2, Juan M. Casillas Pintor 3, Miranda Ori-Orlansino 4, D. A. Perez-DeLaMora 4, Mariana Ruiz-Morales 5, and Eduardo Gamaliel Hernandez-Martinez 4
1. Health Department, Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico
2. Department of Chemical, Industrial and Food Engineering (DIQIA), Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico
3. Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Civil Engineering (DAUIC), Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico
4. Institute of Applied Research and Technology (INIAT), Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico
5. Engineering Department, Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico
*Correspondence: patricia.mehner@ibero.mx (P.M.)

Manuscript received May 5, 2022; revised May 26, 2022; accepted October 1, 2022; published March 30, 2023.

Abstract—In recent years urban agriculture practices have been developed to increase the self-production and self-consumption of fresh and varied foods. While food security in cities continues to decline and several diseases become more frequent in city inhabitants, it is important to implement urban gardens as a potential alternative for families to obtain fruits and vegetables to incorporate into their meals, especially when the supply of these is restricted as happened with the lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic. In this study the design and implementation of a raised bed urban garden to be tested in western neighborhoods of Mexico City was achieved. The project was divided into four stages: (i) design and development of the prototype garden, (ii) selection of the vegetable palette to promote immunonutrition, (iii) production of educational materials for planting and caring for the garden and (iv) validation. The alternative of urban gardens that provide a variety of plant species that are easy to grow in urban microclimates promotes a sustainable culture by taking advantage of new technologies and virtual education (e-learning), which help guarantee their use and permanence.

Keywords—agricultural education, immunonutrition, raised bed vegetable garden, sustainability, urban garden, vegetable palette

Cite: Patricia Mehner-Karam, C. A. Gutiérrez, Juan M. Casillas Pintor, Miranda Ori-Orlansino, D. A. Perez-DeLaMora, Mariana Ruiz-Morales, and Eduardo Gamaliel Hernandez-Martinez, "Urban Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Designed to Promote Immunonutrition: A Pilot Study," Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 1-7, June 2023.

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