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.