|A favorite flowerbed spotted while volunteering in Ishinomaki.|
The story, however, isn't over. Disaster recovery and rebuilding takes a long time, longer than any one or any government or community or organization perhaps realizes. It also takes perseverance, cooperation, and a certain amount of energetic hope. While there are set-backs and missteps, there are also plenty of good things happening that move Japan forward from this triple disaster to a brighter future. As we think back on that day, I'd like to honor the people of an extraordinary region of a country I've come to love by remembering the good work underway.
Growing Solutions in Tohoku with Aquaponics discusses an innovative an on-going program to help people find a new way to grow food and plants a few entrepreneurial seeds along the way.
Rebuilding Faith: A Fukushima Farmer Finds Support at a Tokyo Farmers Market tells the story of how one farmer rebuilt her business with a little help from some new friends.
Growing New Life in Ishinomaki with Peace Boat shows how gardening feeds souls and communities as well as tummies.