Ms. Chen's Story
Ms. Chen has been gardening at the Danny Woo garden since 2005. Fortunately, She has a lot of happy stories for you. Before obtaining a plot at the Danny Woo Community Garden, Ms. Chen worked as a doctor and had never gardened before. Over the 11 years that she's been a member of the garden Ms. Chen has developed a green thumb by learning from the managers and her fellow gardeners.
Being able to garden at Danny Woo gives her so much joy. Her favorite thing to grow is green beans and she loves to be in the garden in the summer. She is a firm believer that planting is good for both her health and the environment. Ms. Chen is also interested in taking care of insects. In fact, She had built some nests for the bees. How kind she is?!
When she is out in the garden Ms. Chen enjoys the fresh air and the blooming flowers. Her favorite fruit is the Asian pears that grow in the orchard that line her plot. She prefers to plant organic vegetable rather than non-organic because she feels it's better for her body. She loves that gardening gets her out of her home and keeps her physically active.
Thank you, Ms. Chen, for sharing your story!
This week's story was authored by youth from ACRS's Job Readiness Program who have been working alongside our elder gardens all spring. The youth developed interview questions, conducted interviews with the elder gardeners, and translated their stories into English. This was a special project as part of the intergenerational programming in the garden.
The Danny Woo Community Garden is a 1.5 acre edible growing space located in the heart of Seattle's Chinatown/International District. The garden has been a place for elders to grow for over 40 years and is also home to a children's garden, chicken coop, and outdoor kitchen. Visit us at 620 S. Main St., Seattle, WA 98104.