CHICKENS IN THE GARDEN In 2009 a state-of-the-art chicken coop was constructed in the Danny Woo Community Garden. In 2010 14 chicks made this coop their home as the first chicken residents of our urban community garden. Three more chickens were 'adopted' into the family. Providing shelter (the chicken run is now roofed), nutritious food, and appropriate medical attention is made possible through donations. Supporting our chicken caretaking also helps children, who otherwise never have access to a farm, learn about these farm animals. The chickens draw the children to the garden and engage them in learning through hands-on experiences. Furthermore, elder gardeners participate in doing 'chicken chores,' and connect to the children sharing memories of their own childhood experiences in their home countries.

InterIm CDA’s Danny Woo Community Garden

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Photo by Nancy Gleason Photography
Contact: Mei Yook Woo, mwoo@interimicda.org 

The Danny Woo Community Garden unites community members of all ages from Seattle’s Chinatown-ID through sustainable gardening, seed-to-plate garden education and community events.  The garden connects immigrant elders with their roots by providing space to practice agriculture that is familiar to them from their homelands. The garden is a place where youth and elders connect to the land and to each other. This intergenerational component is a unique opportunity for immigrant elderly gardeners, most of whom do not speak English, to both teach and learn from the children and youth who are learning to garden through the Children’s Garden Educational Program. The Danny Woo Community Garden spreads knowledge and teaches visitors about the relationship between the health of our urban environment and healthy lifestyles choices for people of all ages as well as maintaining the tradition of growing food in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District.

Located adjacent to the City of Seattle’s Kobe Terrace Park, the Danny Woo Community Garden makes up part of 1.5 acre of the largest green space in Seattle’s Chinatown-ID. The steeply terraced garden is comprised of 88 plots that are tended by about 65 elderly Asian gardeners. Named after a member of the Woo family that has leased the property to InterIm CDA since 1975, the garden is uniquely tied to the history of the Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean and other Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants who helped make Seattle the city it is today.  The garden is an important place where low-income gardeners can socialize, get exercise and raise vegetables that reflect their cultural foods of choice: bok choy, bittermelon, daikon, and watercress among others. Visit the Danny Woo Community Garden website and blog for all up to date events and information!

 

EVENTS

Seeds of Change, Roots of Power at the Wing Luke Museum: In March, 2016, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience opened Seeds of Change, Roots of Power, an exhibit celebrating 40 years of the Danny Woo Community Garden and the social justice movement that created it and sustains it today. You can visit the exhibit and experience the unique cultural representation of the garden through January 2017. Pick up a walking tour guide of the garden and come visit us, just four blocks away from the museum!

CULTIVATE: A Benefit for the Danny Woo Community Garden – Sept. 8, 2016: Join us for a celebration of 4 decades of food and environmental justice at the Danny Woo Community Garden. Join InterIm Community Development Association in the garden for an evening of light fare, libations, and sweet tunes.  To honor the past, present, and future of Seattle’s vibrant food justice scene we’re highlighting local chefs of color and our collective contributions to the movement! Tickets are $70. We give huge thanks to Chef Tarik Abudullah and the folks of Food & Sh*t for donating their time and culinary talents to prepare the small bites at this event! All info and ticket sales here. 

Cultivate Postcard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPPORT THE GARDEN
We rely on support from individuals, foundation and sources of public funding from the city to maintain our valuable community garden! Become a Friend of the Danny Woo Garden by making an annual donation to support the garden! Learn more here.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

  • Peach Foundation: maintaining garden staff and programs
  • Schiff Foundation (Children’s Garden Educational Program): supplies for cooking healthy foods from the garden
  • City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Matching Fund: repair of walls and the creation of an outdoor cookery
  • Rainier Valley Eats! through United Way of King County: support for AppleCorps, an Americorps position facilitated through a partnership with Solid Ground, to staff this urban agriculture outreach program
  • Central Co-Op: sponsors the annual community pig roast held in July
  • Miller Foundation through the Seattle Parks Foundation: critical infrastructure repairs to a wall and stairs
  • Les Dames d’Escoffier – Green Tables Foundation: outreach and education in the garden

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Photo by Nancy Gleason Photography
THE DANNY WOO CHILDREN’S GARDEN
Our Children’s Garden first began by offering summertime gardening experiences to children and youth from the neighborhood in 2009. In years past , the program has engaged students from local educational institutions in after school and summer programs.  The Denise Louie Education Center, Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, Puget Sound Community School, Helping Link, and the Chinese Information Service Center participants also have had an opportunity to learn in the garden Since 2011, over 240 local students annually learn about sustainable gardening practices, where food comes from, environmental stewardship, and animal caretaking.   Additionally, students are provided a chance to express connections between food and culture.  Nutritional education has increasingly become an important part of the Children’s Garden program, and today youth and young children learn how to grow, prepare, cook, and eat healthy foods.

Generous support from the Schiff Foundation provided kid-friendly cookware, portable tables and chairs, and re-usable eating utensils. Soon we will expand the Children’s Garden Educational Program by building a permanent outdoor cookery and classroom through a project called the “The Neighborhood Cookery: Cultivating Community.”

 

Chickens by Camille Dohrm
Chickens by Camille Dohrm

VOLUNTEER

Our Danny Woo Community Garden relies on volunteers to help maintain the garden’s vibrancy and to addresses everything from basic safety needs like maintaining infrastructure to painting worm and compost bins to weeding.  You can volunteer as an individual or as part of a group! Hosting work parties for businesses, community groups and schools provide critical help. If you’re interested in finding out how you can help preserve this unique green space, please contact our Garden Manager, Mei at mwoo@interimicda.org.

 

 

 

To learn more about our Danny Woo Community Garden, visit the garden’s website!