Danny Woo Community Garden
Monday - Friday
9 - 9:30 am
Help us keep the garden beautiful in exchange for some steaming herbal tea! This event will be hosted every morning Monday-Friday and the garden staff is looking for helpers (and/or tea-lovers) like YOU. A daily trash sweep is essential for maintaining a clean and safe space for our gardeners and visitors. The tea stand will be on the picnic tables near the S Main St garden entrance and the garden staff will provide all of the cleaning materials. We hope to see you there!
Learn more about your community garden by checking out the interactive (clickable) tour map here. The map was created by Sachi Kagaya, a student from the University of Washington-Seattle, by using software tools such as ArcMap and ArcGIS Online. She also made an interactive garden map that has made managing the garden easier for the garden staff. Enjoy!
On March 10th, along with The Mission Continues and other veterans services groups in the area, we laid the concrete foundation for Alessandra Panieri's "Guardian Flower" sculpture, which is now located in the Children's Garden. We completed the installation of the sculpture on March 17th along with community volunteers.
The beautiful steel sculpture is a flower with red birds petals, standing at 15' tall. We are grateful to Alessandra Panieri for her generous donation, Dan Barsher for managing the installation, veterans from The Mission Continues and our community volunteers for their labor and support of this collaboration. Check out more of Alessandra's art at www.alessandrapanieri.com and check out The Mission Continues at www.missioncontinues.org . Happy Spring!
On Thursday March 1st, 25 gardeners from the Namaste Garden in Tukwila traveled to the Danny Woo Community Garden for an exchange of culture, history, and seeds.
The Namaste Garden, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee and St. Thomas Parish, offers access to healthy food, supports the St Thomas food bank, creates educational opportunities for students, and provide local refugees with a place to meet their neighbors and strengthen community ties.
The gardeners who visited are Bhutanese refugees, who were exiled from Bhutan for being of Nepalese descent. In the early 1990s, about 100,000 Nepali-speaking Bhutanese, many of whom came from families that had lived and farmed in southern Bhutan for generations, wound up in refugee camps in eastern Nepal. About 85% of the refugees wound up in the United States, and about 2,000 still live in Washington state, though many have had to move out of state because of the region's high cost of living.
InterIm CDA's Executive Director Pradeepta Upadhyay is originally from Nepal, and greeted the Namaste gardeners and introduced the Danny Woo Community Garden in her native tongue. With the help of Mandarin-to-English and English-to Nepali interpretation, Danny Woo Garden's 94-year-old Elder Xie Pan gave a tour of his garden plots and explained why the Danny Woo Community Garden is important to the community in Chinatown International District. He invited the gardeners to come back later in the season. "In July or August, there will be many vegetables," Pan said. "You can come and take as many as you like!"
After the tour, the gardeners exchanged seeds at Hirabayashi Place, InterIm's newest affordable housing development named after Seattle-native Gordon Hirabayashi, who famously resisted Japanese American Internment and won a Supreme Court Case in 1980. We discussed the history of the Nihonmachi neighborhood and the legacy of Mr. Hirabayashi. Many of the Namaste gardeners, refugees who faced persecution for their ethnic heritage, did not know that the United States government persecuted its own citizens for being of Japanese descent during World War II.
The Danny Woo Community Garden provided seeds to the gardeners, which were donations from Seed Savers Exchange, Kiwazawa Seed Company, and Seattle Seed Company. The Namaste Gardeners generously brought their own saved seeds, including amaranth, bitter melon, and rare varieties of mustard greens from Nepal used to make a dish called Gundruk.
It was a beautiful event and we hope to continue a meaningful relationship with the Namaste Gardeners.
We are very honored to work with artist Alessandra Panieri on an interactive flower design workshop! We have ten spots are open for WILD youth. Please contact email@example.com or call 206-624-1802 x 28 to register or for more information.
In order to create resilient food systems and increase access to healthy and local food, we must first cultivate knowledge in the minds of the seedlings of the human family--the youth. This Tuesday WILD teenagers aged 14-18 hailing from Cleveland, Garfield, Franklin, West Seattle, and Summit High Schools joined Garden Crew at the Danny Woo Community Garden. Each week they will be participating in our Garden Crew, starting indoors planning for spring, and eventually gardening outdoors as the sun begins to set later in the evening.
For the first week of WILD’s Garden Crew, students grew their own knowledge of food justice by first learning about how plants interact with the big and small living and non-living variables of the garden ecosystem. Participating in an interactive game developed by WILD staff, youth played the roles of different garden actors, ranging from seed and sun, atmosphere and soil, to worms, bacteria, and compost. In order to show how plants interact with the environment around them, WILD youth simulated the nutrient, energy, carbon, and water cycle and even went as far as learning about how drought, industrial agriculture, and climate change affect natural growing cycles. More importantly, WILD youth discovered that through carbon sequestration, plants and food production can actually mitigate climate change and protect the environment while nourishing healthy communities.
Finally, after putting themselves into the unseen world of the garden ecosystem, WILD participants took the first step towards growing healthy food in their own communities by selecting, learning about, and planting seeds in indoors. Now that they know how to give seeds the best chances of reaching maturity, WILD youth will watch their seedlings grow and mature in the indoor seedling station until the time arrives at the end of the winter quarter to plant those seedlings in the Danny Woo Community Garden and elsewhere in their own neighborhoods. As with plants, the food justice movement takes time to grow and put down roots but, it always begins with planting a few seeds, both the seeds of knowledge and some literal seeds in our case. Both will take time to grow, but we’re already expecting a bountiful harvest for the future!
On Monday, January 15th the Danny Woo Community Garden celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by bringing in community members, the University of Washington Graduate Students from the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP), and Director of Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara to contribute to our own Beloved Community. We are so grateful for the intention and hard work from these individuals and groups.
Maggie and Chloe’s Experience at the Danny Woo Community 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.