This thesis looks carefully at community disaster resilience and explores what resiliency is, why communities need it, and applies those concepts to community gardening as one way to gain a foothold in building resiliency at the local level. Although non-traditional in approach, a study of community gardens through the lens of emergency management reveals that these social enterprises have hidden values in their contribution to disaster resilience. Combining a literature review of resilience and disaster resilience concepts with semi-structured interviews of community gardeners and community garden leadership provides evidence that disaster resiliency building can be aided through community garden programs.
|Commitee:||Harlow, Richard, Koval, James, Lucus-McEwen, Valarie|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social research, Plant sciences, Public policy|
|Keywords:||Community gardening, Disaster resilience, Food security, Self organization, Social cohesion, Sustainability|
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