Geografie 2021, 126, 149-167

Food self-provisioning motivations revisited: Czech home gardens and their food production

Jana ŠiftováID

Charles University, Faculty of Science, Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Prague, Czechia

Received January 2021
Accepted March 2021


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