Harvesting hope

for farmers recovering from devastating natural disasters


Walk the farm

Harvesting Hope for farmers recovering from natural disasters by providing support and agricultural education.​


Help us send the message of "Kibou" (Hope) to the farmers in Japan who are still suffering from the effects of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

supporting farmers

It is with great sadness that we have decided to postpone this year's event until 2021. 

Please mark your calendars and save 

Saturday, June 19, 2021

and join us for the 10th anniversary of the Great Tohoku earthquake/tsunami.


Join us on a one and a half mile walk around a real working farm sampling fresh fruits and vegetables at Tanaka Farms in Irvine, California.


SUPPOrT the cause

Join us on a one and a half mile walk around Tanaka Farms sampling  fresh fruits and vegetables in Irvine, California.

Support the Japanese and local farmers and students.

Honor our Issei and Nisei farmers by sharing your family's history in agriculture.

SUPPOrT the cause



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Image Courtesy of USGS

Image Courtesy of National Geographic

On March 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan. It was the largest, most powerful recorded earthquake in Japan and the fourth largest in the world. The horrifying seismic jolts from the six-minute long earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves. These waves reached up to 133 ft above ground and crashed and destroyed everything in its path (Ferris). These waves went as far as 6 miles inland from the coast, displacing people, vehicles, homes and all personal belongings.

The tsunami then flooded the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant leading to 7 meltdowns and radioactive releases - the world's most recent greatest nuclear crisis. There is a lot of uncertainty in measuring the radioactive release as a "significant problem in tracking radioactive release was that 23 out of the 24 radiation monitoring stations on the plant site were disabled by the tsunami" (“Fukushima Daiichi Accident”). These three disasters occurring one after another took a tremendous toll on Japan's people and economy. Losses amounted to more than $360 billion (Ferris). The displacement of entire communities created great disruption to all industries, including the farming communities. Even before the disasters, Japan's farmers can only supply 40% of the consumer needs (Wilson).

This natural disaster devastated coastal cities, neighborhoods, farms and stability, but the Japanese continued to gaman – persevere.

Tragically, natural disasters happen around the world at any point in time, but they are only given attention to for a few days in the news. There has to be a way to continue showing our hope and support for those who are affected, even years after the event.

Today, life still remains far from normal in Sendai, Japan. We must continue to show our support and show that we are still thinking of them. 

It's learning and seeing personal stories of struggle and recovery that help create empathy in this world.


Walk the Farm emerged as a one and a half mile walk around Tanaka Farms to continue to Harvest Hope for farms in Japan that suffered from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents in March 2011. The event brings in about 2,500 walkers and raises $100,000 annually.









Images Courtesy of Walk the Farm

SUppORT & Hope

Images Courtesy of Kaitlyn Chu

Video Courtesy of Kaitlyn Chu


Images Courtesy of Kaitlyn Chu

Every year, Walk the Farm brings 500 volunteers, over 80 community service organizations, athletic teams, and 2,500 walkers to support the cause and give back.

Walk the farm

Walk the Farm is a program of the Orange Coast Optimist Club's helping Farms Feed Families - a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization


© 2019 Kaitlyn Chu • Harvesting Hope

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