Japan Disaster Relief

On Monday evening, The Boat Street Cafe in Seattle is hosting a benefit for the family of Sachie Mikawa, a longtime employee of Boat Street Cafe. Sachie’s mother and sister lost their home on the Northeast Coast of Japan when the tsunami flattened their village. They are now living in a shelter in Sendai. I unfortunately can’t make it up from Portland for the fundraiser, but I’ve donated a 2-hour kitchen garden consultation and there will be artwork, specialty foods, cookbooks, and gift certificates to local restaurants available. Tickets to the event are $25 at the door. If you can, please go. All the money raised at the event will go directly to help Sachie’s family.

One of my favorite artists, Rigel Stuhmiller is also generously donating donating 100% of the profits from all non-custom items in her Etsy shop to Save the Children’s efforts in Japan. Much of Rigel’s beautiful artwork is inspired by Chino farm, which is run by a 2nd-generation Japanese family. They grow exquisite vegetables for their local community as well as restaurants such as Spago and Chez Panisse. Many Japanese agriculture students that Rigel has gotten to know while working on the Chino farm in San Diego were severely affected by the tsunami. Many of their hometowns have been wiped from the map the tsunami and earthquake, and one prefecture also faces the dire and ongoing nuclear threat.

A generous private donor has pledged to match Rigel’s contribution 100%, and San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project has pledged to match up to $1000. That means that every dollar donated is multiplied by almost 300%. Rigel is actively working to secure more matching donors, to further multiply the power of each donation. You can see more of her artwork and contribute by visiting her Etsy shop and purchasing one of her wonderful block prints.