In the case of the rural household, the garden within the built-up area near the house and the household extensions have always been the nucleus that gave substance to the traditional village. These areas have a wide range of agricultural usages, a high degree of land cultivation and usage, basically covering the primary needs for own consumption (vegetables, leafy green vegetables, table grapes, green fodder for feeding poultry and other small animals in the household). Also, the garden family used to host the apiary and represented an area where the homemakers grew medicinal herbs and had a flower garden as well.
Where the weather permitted depending on climatic zones, the family gardens had fruit shrubs ans ornamental ones as well, features that together provided a special ambience to the built-up areas which are so Romanian village like.
The General Agricultural Censuses and the specialized statistical data highlight the family gardens to some pre-established dimensions.
The present scientific endeavor militates for eliminating the superior limit of the family gardens’areas as the whole agricultural area within the built-up area of a locality is exclusively destined to family gardens. They can be organized efficiently from an economic and social point of view depending on zone, tradition, occupation and local economic potential.
Modules on different sizes and structures of production can be designed according to zone, social development and tradition.
Valentin-Mihai Bohatereț, Ioan Sebastian Brumă and Lucian Tanasă presented the paper The Family Gardens between Reality and Expectations on the occasion of Iași Academic Days within the section Re-modelling the Romanian Rural Space. Horizon 2020.