Refuges of local resilience: Community gardens in post-Sandy New York City

Refuges of local resilience: Community gardens in post-Sandy New York City

This paper explores the role of community gardens in coastal “red zones” of New York City by analyzing the meaning and relevance of community garden spaces in the resilience and recovery of local residents and community garden members following Hurricane Sandy. From April 2013 to February 2014, ethnographic analyses, including participant observation, exploratory and in-depth interviews, and archival research, were undertaken at five community gardens post-Sandy. The authors’ findings indicate that community gardens functioned as multi-purpose community refuges which hosted meaningful and restorative greening practices, and developed supportive communities. — (Abstract)

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Image: Hurricane Sandy New York Blackout 2012 | by david_shankbone Flickr

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