“Family Gardens” and Creole gardens are generally intended for family subsistence. However, allotments are not always Creole gardens. If the plants that grow in them and the cultivation techniques are not those mentioned above, they are called allotments, not Creole gardens. On the other hand, these two types of garden are located in the vicinity of the house and may include a livestock area (usually chickens, goats, pigs).
For the uninitiated eye, the Creole garden is less “legible” because the plant species are associated and multiple
Traditionally, the maintenance of the Creole garden is done by the members of the family. The land is private and therefore not freely accessible. However, crops can be shared with neighbours and friends. For example, a bunch of bananas can feed a dozen people for a few days. Fruit exchanges are also frequent because the harvests can be very important.
Currently, shared gardens in Martinique allow neighbours, students, friends, and community members to come together in a healthy, nature-friendly and fun activity. Harvests are shared among the participants.