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Telling a story—a remarkable story

05/10/17 | View Comments

We’ve taken our show on the road—complete with cameras, a drone and all sorts of sundry filmmaking equipment. Greetings, from beautiful Joplin, Missouri!

The TKF Team (Alden, Skye and Ethan) with Chris Cotten, Joplin Parks & Recreation Director

This is a story that we’ve been so excited to tell—and now we are. A story of community resilience—how Joplin has recovered from unthinkable devastation from the EF5 tornado that ravaged the town nearly 6 years ago—and how nature has played a leading role in this recovery, in the form of a meaningful community healing garden.

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Overcoming the Mountain Pass

11/03/15 | View Comments

For the Lee family, their community garden represents Arirang (아리랑), a stirring Korean folk song with a message of overcoming an obstacle big as a mountain pass.”We were handing out flyers about an upcoming workshop and I saw the Lee family putting in a new garden sign. Mr. Lee sang the song to me. It was an honest, heartfelt moment. He was explaining how deeply this word connects with him, his family and his culture.”

This week, Renae Reynolds, a project coordinator and on-the-ground researcher in the Landscapes of Resilience project tells us about the dedication of the Lee family and others in their post-Hurricane Sandy community garden space at Beach 41st Street Houses.

Residents planted ornamental cabbage and mums in early October.

Residents planted ornamental cabbage and mums in early October.

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