Lifestyle horticulture in australia: commodities, enterprise numbers, employment and economic analysis

Aldous, D. E. and Holborn, S. (2012). Lifestyle horticulture in australia: commodities, enterprise numbers, employment and economic analysis. In: Proceedings of the XXVIII International Horticultural Congress On Science and Horticulture for People : Proceedings of the International Symposium On Integrating Consumers and Economic Systems. XXVIII International Horticultural Congress (IHC2010), Lisbon, Portugal, (35-41). 22-27 August 2010.

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Author Aldous, D. E.
Holborn, S.
Title of paper Lifestyle horticulture in australia: commodities, enterprise numbers, employment and economic analysis
Conference name XXVIII International Horticultural Congress (IHC2010)
Conference location Lisbon, Portugal
Conference dates 22-27 August 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of the XXVIII International Horticultural Congress On Science and Horticulture for People : Proceedings of the International Symposium On Integrating Consumers and Economic Systems   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Acta Horticulturae   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Leuven, Belgium
Publisher International Society for Horticultural Science
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9789066050686
ISSN 0567-7572
Volume 930
Start page 35
End page 41
Total pages 7
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Since the late 1970s, Australian horticulture has been categorized into three sectors; food, service and amenity. More recently amenity horticulture has undergone a number of name changes from environmental and urban, to that of lifestyle horticulture, which has been described as "those public and commercial businesses involved in the horticultural production, management and servicing of urban green spaces for environmental, social, economic and health benefit". Currently, the value of lifestyle horticulture products and services has been based on one of economic growth, employment prospects, tourism opportunities and/or their role in value-adding environmental, social, physical health and mental well-being. However, lifestyle horticulture has always been a dynamic sector of horticulture, with a strong focus on environmental, social, cultural and economic development along the supply/value chain. The objective of this paper is to characterise the enterprise numbers, commodities, employment and value of lifestyle horticulture generally and to demonstrate the value of the lifestyle horticulture commodity sod. Results show that over the next 3 years, 55% of growers will increase production, but the sector continues to be challenged by water restrictions, rising labour, fuel, insurance and equipment costs, as well as production and marketing related problems, which could impact on income, employment opportunities and market share. In the longer term, there is a need for capacity building among growers to deal with horticultural production, technological applications, business management and marketing challenges, as well as gain information on key industry benchmarks, particularly those supply chains operating under a drier environment and with limited irrigation.
Keyword Urban horticulture
Market chain
Supply/value chain
Turf management
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes The papers contained in this volume of Acta Horticulturae report the peer reviewed Proceedings of Seminar 10: Producers and Consumers in the Horticultural Value Chain - Thematic Session 04: Economics and Management, organised on the occasion of the XXVIII International Horticultural Congress, August 22-27, 2010 Lisbon, Portugal.

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