Guerilla Gardening: Recovering After the Zombie Apocalypse

Jonathan Romic


This paper examines three central pillars dealing with survival of the zombie apocalypse. First, the paper looks at how survivors can work together in a mutually beneficial manner to create a community in urban environments. The second pillar examines how individuals and communities will interact through the creation of culinary currency. This includes systems of trade and exchange. Finally, the paper examines the importance of cooperation and trust between individuals and groups in order to survive.


Cooperation and Trust, Urban gardening, Community Building, Food Security, Culinary Currency, Resilience

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