My name is Allegra Johnson (she/her) and I am the new Jesuit Volunteer North West AmeriCorps Member serving at the InterIm CDA as The Danny Woo Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator. In other words, I am a grateful outsider to the International District, here to first and foremost listen to and learn from this beloved community. I would, therefore, like to start this introduction with gratitude for the warm welcome and wondrous hospitality I have received from the CID during my first month in Seattle.
I am a Midwest girl through and through. I was born, raised, and educated in the state of Iowa. A little fun fact is that yes, Iowa does have a lot of corn field, but the Eastern part, where I am from, has a vast landscape filled with great hiking and beautiful water ways. For this reason, I love the water; lakes, creeks, waterfalls, puddles… and being outdoors.
I come to Seattle with an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a heart for social justice; specifically, the intersection between justice work and community gardens. The Danny Woo Community Garden will be the fourth garden I have had the opportunity to be a part of. Amongst loving to grow plants, I also have a deep love for chickens and compost, both of which I get to attend to in The Danny Woo Community Garden! And so, to say it simply, I am overjoyed to be serving in this community for the coming year.
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.