Every year, thousands of volunteer hours are poured into the garden to make it the thriving community-centered space that its been for over 40 years. From garden stewardship to programmatic support, the Danny Woo Community Garden wouldn't be what it is today without volunteer love, energy, and support!
This summer we have the pleasure of working with a stellar volunteer intern who's blazing trails with our youth programs. AnAn is a graduate student in Multicultural Education who recently moved to Seattle from Taiwan. Her extensive experience with youth, great social justice analysis, and shared identities with the C-ID community has made her an invaluable asset to the Danny Woo Community Garden team.
AnAn signed on earlier this spring to develop and pilot a new food justice curriculum with InterIm CDA's WILD Youth program, which works with high school-aged folks to explore environmental justice in the C-ID and beyond. All summer, AnAn has been co-facilitating dialogues and activities with WILD Youth about oppression, food and identity, food systems, and hunger and homelessness. Her ability to connect with youth on a playful and genuine level is a joy to watch.
Beyond AnAn's youth work, she's also served as a vital bridge for our Mandarin-speaking elder gardeners. She's created a warm and welcoming environment for our gardeners and is breaking down linguistic barriers to garden materials by translating our entire website into Chinese (coming soon!).
We are so grateful to have AnAn as part of the InterIm CDA/Danny Woo Garden family! We absolutely adore you!
It was a whirlwind weekend filled with community, good weather, and a delicious 124 pound pig! With nearly 200 people who came through over the two-day event, the garden was overflowing with love and laughter. In addition to bringing together many of our elder gardeners, the Pig Roast is a unique time for longtime community members to connect and swap stories of the garden and the neighborhood with newbies. Near and far--from just next door, to Bali and Taiwan--this annual tradition always feels more like a family reunion than anything else.
A HUMONGOUS thank you is in order to all the staff, the 30+ volunteers, and the local businesses (see list) who made this year's pig roast such a success. Thank you to Olsen Farms for providing our suckling pork year after year, to Tai Tung Restaurant for keep our piggy fresh, to International District Emergency Center (IDEC) for always watching over our community, to SCIPDA and Legacy House for supporting the Pig Roast each year, especially with DragonFest on your plate, to Seattle Tilth for keeping an eye on our waste systems, to WILD Youth for spinning the pig through the night, and to Phil Eidenberg-Noppe for your master photography skills. An extra special shout out to Bill, Marcus, Jeff, Marvin, Annie, Sue, and Dickie for the years of support and wisdom you bring to the pig roast.
And with that, we bid the 41st Annual Pig Roast farewell! We hope to see you all at number forty-two in 2017! In the meantime...stay tuned for a special fundraiser in the garden this fall!
All photo by Phil Eidenberg-Noppe.
If you're still on the fence about attending this year'sannual pig roast we've got just the thing to push you over the edge into delicious piggy bliss! If after running through our handy-dandy flowchart you're guided to our Friday kickoff party, scroll down to check out the amazing local restaurants who we've partnered with to feed the masses!
Browse our Partner Restaurants
The restaurants below have generously donated food for our Friday Pig Roast Kickoff Party. Come by the pig roast after 6 PM to get a taste of these delicious C-ID eateries. You'll definitely want to add them to your list of places to try the next time you're in the neighborhood!
Thank you also to Central Co-Op for your generous food donation.
See you Friday!
Last week, a crew from Seattle Channel's CityStream show came out to the garden to chat with Uncle Bob Santos--the former ED of InterIm CDA and founder of the Danny Woo Community Garden--about our legacy in Chinatown-International District. It couldn't have been a more beautiful day to talk about our communities resiliency and connection to the land.
We cut together the highlights of the garden and Uncle Bob's interview from the 30 minute show for you to enjoy!
Ms. Tran's Story
Meet the newest member of the Danny Woo Community Garden, Ms. Tran & and her husband! Ms. Tran has been on the gardeners wait list--a list that's over 40 people long--for two years. She and her husband have been long-time residents of the Seattle area, since escaping the communist regime in Vietnam by boat in 1985. In the US, Ms. Tran's husband worked as a farm laborer, harvesting rhubarb and berries for many years.
Now in their retirement, Ms. Tran and her husband are delighted to acquire one of the highly sought after plots at the Danny Woo Community Garden, where she plans to grow greens, flowers, and squash. She and her husband haven't had a place to grow food since moving to their small apartment in Chinatown-International District.
The garden is honored to welcome Ms. Tran to the community!
As the largest green space in Chinatown-International District, we are so grateful to be able to connect our elder community to the land and provide a place to grow food, build community, and practice cultural preservation and resiliency. It is the joy that Ms. Tran and her husband exuded upon obtaining a plot and the opportunity to hear their story that reminds us, at the Danny Woo Community Garden, to continue to fight for equity and justice within Chinatown-International District. Our gardeners matter. Our land matters. Our community matters.
With just a few short weeks away from our 41st Annual Pig Roast we decided to dig into our archives and share some classic photos of this legacy event from over the years! Enjoy the photo journey and don't forget to mark your calendar for this year's event!
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.
Are you a UW student passionate about urban planning, community gardening, and/or architecture?
The Danny Woo Community Garden (a program of InterIm Community Development Association) has TWO summer work study positions that are currently open. Both positions will play an integral role in several construction projects in the garden that will allow students to get hands-on experience in project design, construction management, and volunteer management with an agency that has over 45 years of history in Chinatown/International District.
Download the attached position descriptions for all the information. To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume with three references. Resume packets can be e-mailed to email@example.com. *Note: The deadline for applicants has been extended indefinitely until the positions are filled.
Mr. Pan's Story
Mr. Pan is one of my personal favorite gardeners (shh, don't tell the others). Perhaps it's his kind smile or the fact that his calm energy reminds me of my own gung gung (grandfather). Either way, Mr. Pan always has a second in between tending his two plots he's been growing on for 20 years to greet youth and visitors with a head nod and smile.
At 92 years old, Mr. Pan is one of our most senior gardeners. He's seen the garden grow and change since first setting down roots at the Danny Woo Community Garden in 1996. On a tour of his plots, Mr. Pan proudly points out the 20 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and flowers he nurtures during his daily visits to the garden. He's got everything from roses, lettuce, and even sweet potatoes growing within a 15 square foot space. Fortunately, Mr. Pan's long career as a Design Engineer in China taught him how to optimize his small growing space.
Unlike most of his fellow elder gardeners, Mr. Pan does not live in the neighborhood. But commuting to the garden and making time to be outside is his top priority. And he shows no sign of slowing down. Upon wrapping up our interview, Mr. Pan got straight to work, throwing around a 30 pound bag of chicken manure and moving agilely between his two plots.
Thank you for sharing your story, Mr. Pan!
This story was transcribed from an interview between the elder gardener and a staff member from the Danny Woo Community Garden. Verbal consent to share the above information was obtained before publishing the post.
Mr. Wu's Story
Mr. Wu has been gardening since 2014. He feels comfortable when he is planting. During his interview he said he likes the manager because she is very nice and friendly. Before his days as a gardener Mr. Wu was a teacher, which is where he first discovered gardening. After leading children's lessons in the garden he realized how amazing it was, so he started planting at his home in China.
This season he's planted beans, eggplants, chilies and greens. He likes to plant in the summer because the warm weather helps his plant. We often run in to Mr. Wu and his wife, a volunteer with a local Chinatown/International District social service agency, in the garden while they are watering, weeding, and tending to their plot.
Mr. Wu enjoys the sunshine. When he is in the garden and he treats the plants as his children. When he is watering them it reminds him that he is feeding his children. His favorite food is apple. He likes organic food because it makes his body healthy and he believes gardening is good for his body. He also appreciates that gardening helps him stay trim and physically active.
Thank you for sharing your story, Mr. Wu!
This week's story was authored by youth from ACRS's Job Readiness Program who have been working alongside our elder gardens all spring. 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.