Every semester, we work with many enthusiastic and helpful volunteers in the Danny Woo Community Garden. We wouldn't be able to function without them! This January we are excited to introduce Kaeli Deng, who is our University of Washington Work Study. She has been volunteering with us for over a year by helping in the garden, communicating with gardeners in Mandarin, and organizing events with us.
Who are you?
My name is Kaeli Deng, I’m a work study student from UW.
How long have you been part of the DWCG community?
I’ve been part of the DWCG community since last year. I started with volunteering in the garden whole quarter when I was a college student. Now I come back as a work study student to help this community become better.
Why did you start volunteering/working at the garden?
I like to do some outdoor jobs that related to my major which is Environmental Science. When I first time searching the volunteer jobs, I found Danny Woo Community Garden is perfectly matched to my ideal job. People in the garden are so friendly and kindly, they’d love to share their knowledge and experiences with everyone who wants to learn. There’s no cultural and language hinder between difference races. I feel so warm to work with people here and this is why I come back as a work study student.
What is your favorite Asian/Chinese vegetable or food?
My favorite Asian vegetable is peas! Any kinds of peas are welcome! My favorite Chinese food is braised pork.
Where did you grow up?
I grow up in two places, one is China, and another one is Saipan, my birthplace.
What languages do you speak?
I can speak Chinese and English, and I’m learning German right now.
What are your hobbies and or special skills?
I’d like to do gardening when it is the season. Drawing and reading are also my hobbies when I can’t go out. My special skill is be nice to everyone.
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.