Danny Woo Community & Children's Garden
The Danny Woo Community and Children’s Garden is a greenspace within the International District neighborhood of Seattle. The garden was created in 1975 out of an unusual partnership between local business owners and activists who were trying to preserve the cultural significance of the neighborhood. Elderly, low-income residents of the International District initially expressed a desire to have a farm on which they could practice agriculture that was familiar to their homelands. Many of these individuals were and are immigrants and refugees from Asia and the Pacific Islands. Often, minorities are invisible in the media and in the social and political movements that are happening in this country. Systems and structures that would enable or attract their participation are in a rudimentary development stage or nonexistent. Yet, this is a nation that benefits largely from the contributions of minorities. In this case specifically, the garden serves as grounds for newcomers to feel connected to their new home's land and natural resources. As some of the gardeners have expressed, “A home is not only a place for shelter and sleep.” Like many people, recreation is essential for sustaining the human spirit. The Danny Woo Community Garden provides elderly gardeners a space in which they can grow organic food, socialize, get exercise, and reap the emotional benefits of working with the earth and with community friends. The Danny Woo Children’s Garden is an extension of this vision, in which nearby urban youth are introduced to the joys and wonders of spending time outdoors while learning how to grow food and make a cultural connection to the garden plants or food we share. In our Children's garden, we seek to achieve these goals by providing a seed-to-plate experiential education program that highlights sustainable gardening practices and the cultural roots of our elder gardeners.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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