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Building disaster resilience: Why community gardens improve community resilience
by Brown, Nancy, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 106; 1573030
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Feldmann-Jensen, Shirley
Commitee: Harlow, Richard, Koval, James, Lucus-McEwen, Valarie
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Emergency Management
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
Publication Number: 1573030
ISBN: 978-1-321-49067-1
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