Gordon Sato

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At age 76, Gordon Sato is busy teaching the people of Eritrea to cultivate the mudflats along the Red Sea coastline. Sato’s vision is that with time and care, his newly planted mangrove trees will help feed the livestock, and in turn, the people. The project is called Manzanar, which Sato named after the Japanese internment camp in California where he was sent 60 years ago as a teenager, and where he first learned to grow crops in dry soil. And he’s taking the hard lessons of those years to the other side of the world.


Gordon Sato, Cell Biologist and founder of the Manzanar Project, an agricultural project to cultivate mangroves along Eritrea’s coastline to help feed livestock, and in turn, people.