Danny Woo Garden Provides a Haven and Sense of Security for CID Gardeners

By Stacy Nguyen, journalist, designer, and community member
Translated by Seattle Chinese Post

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Tucked in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Chinatown International District (CID) is 1.5 acres of beautiful green space — nearly 100 no-fee garden plots overspilling with vegetables and flowers of all sorts, lovingly cultivated and cared for by local API residents, most of whom are seniors.  For gardeners, many of whom are non-native-English-language speakers, the ability to grow their own food is incredibly empowering. 

This is the Danny Woo Community Garden, an essential place for the surrounding community to engage with nature, access healthy and locally grown food, and connect with neighbors. It is owned and operated by InterIm CDA and located at 620 South Main Street. 

As the largest green space in the CID, this garden has been a comforting and safe haven for those who work the land as well as those who simply stroll through to enjoy its many varied textures, colors, and sights. It has developed healthy practices so all neighbors and community members feel welcomed and has always been big on knowledge-sharing, serving as an educational meeting place for gardeners of all levels. The space also includes a children’s garden, chicken coop, outdoor kitchen, and fruit tree orchard. 

However, during the pandemic, it has been challenging for seniors to access their plots, especially alone. The neighborhood has seen a lot of upheaval and an increase in crime over the past few years. Combine that with residents who aren’t comfortable speaking English and who may have had past experiences or come from countries that make them wary of law enforcement — the result is that a sense of safety and security being in the garden has felt dicey for many residents. 

To help gardeners feel safe working in the garden, the Danny Woo Community Garden has: 

  • Held a public safety workshop for community gardeners
  • Developed a safety plan for community gardeners
  • Developed and helped maintained a peer safety network through WeChat, a Chinese-language messaging app, to ensure gardeners have peer support when gardening 

How to give the Danny Woo Community Garden some love

Donate to them! 

Support the Danny Woo Community Garden and help it stay no-fee for seniors by donating to InterIm CDA, which owns and operates the garden. You can donate to them on their website!

Volunteer at the garden!

The garden is hosting its 46th annual Pig Roast on July 15th – 16th and is looking for volunteers! If you are interested, you can sign up for a volunteer shift at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y8QGPYL. For more information email volunteer@interimcda.org.

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities at InterIm CDA, not just in the Danny Woo Community Garden, but across the organization as well. Reach out to them to start a conversation about volunteering.

Follow them on social media
The Danny Woo Community Garden is on Instagram and Facebook! Follow them to get the latest updates (and to see beautiful photos of things grown)!

This blog is part of our Support Your Neighbors in the CID series, which spotlights amazing folks in the Chinatown International District, nominated by their neighbors for doing cool and impactful work around community safety. 

为华埠国际区的园丁提供避风港和安全感的胡进培花园(Danny Woo Garden)

 作者:Stacy Nguyen,记者、设计师和社区成员

 本文由西华报翻译

在喧嚣的华埠国际区 (CID) 隐藏着一块 1.5 英亩的美丽绿地——有近 100 个免费的花园地,上面种满了各种蔬菜和花卉,由当地亚太裔(API) 居民精心种植和照料,其中大部份是耆老。这些园丁中的许多人都是英语非母语人士,他们自己种植食物的能力令人难以置信。

位于南大街 620 号 (620 South Main Street) 的胡进培社区花园,是周边社区与大自然互动、获取健康和种植当地食物,以及与邻里建立凝聚力的重要场所。由 InterIm 社区发展协会(InterIm CDA) 拥有和营运。

作为华埠国际区中最大的绿地,这个花园对于在这片土地上劳作的人以及漫步在此地欣赏并感受其多种外貌、颜色和景观的人来说,一直是一个舒适和安全的避风港。它开发了健康措施,因此所有邻里和社区成员都感到受欢迎。它一直很注重知识共享,是不同程度园丁的教育聚会场所。这里还设有一个儿童花园、一个鸡舍、一个户外厨房和一个果园。

然而,疫情大流行期间,老年人进入他们耕种的小土地一直是个挑战,尤其是独自一人。在过去的几年里,该社区经历了很多动盪,犯罪率也有所增加。再加上不习惯说英语的居民,他们可能因过去的经历,或者来自让他们对执法机构保持谨慎态度的国家——导致许多居民觉得在花园内活动缺乏安全感,甚至是一种冒险。

为了帮助园丁们在花园里劳动时感到安全,胡进培社区花园备有:

● 为社区园丁举办公共安全研讨会

● 为社区园丁制定安全计划

● 通过开发帮助维护同伴安全的中文微信讯息应用程序网络,以确保园丁在园艺时能及时得到同伴支持

如何给胡进培社区花园一些关爱

向他们捐款!

支持胡进培社区花园并通过向拥有和经营该花园的 InterIm社区发展协会捐款,帮助其为老年人免费提供服务的开支。您可以在他们的网站上向他们捐款

在花园当义工!

InterIm社区发展协会有很多当义工的机会,不仅是胡进培社区花园,整个组织也需要志愿工作者。请与他们联繫,谈一谈关于成为义工的要件和资格

在社交媒体上关注他们

胡进培社区花园在 Instagram 和 脸书(Facebook)设立了帐户!关注他们获得最新更新讯息(并查看美丽植物的成长照片)!

该博客是「在华埠国际区中支持您的邻里」(Support Your Neighbors in the CID) 系列的一部份,该系列重点介绍华埠的杰出人士,由于他们在社区安全方面做了出色且有影响力的工作而被邻里提名。


為華埠國際區的園丁提供避風港和安全感的胡進培花園(Danny Woo Garden) 

作者:Stacy Nguyen,記者、設計師和社區成員

 本文由西華報翻譯

在喧囂的華埠國際區 (CID) 隱藏著一塊 1.5 英畝的美麗綠地——有近 100 個免費的花園地,上面種滿了各種蔬菜和花卉,由當地亞太裔(API) 居民精心種植和照料,其中大部份是耆老。這些園丁中的許多人都是英語非母語人士,他們自己種植食物的能力令人難以置信。

位於南大街 620 號 (620 South Main Street) 的胡進培社區花園,是周邊社區與大自然互動、獲取健康和種植當地食物,以及與鄰里建立凝聚力的重要場所。由 InterIm 社區發展協會(InterIm CDA) 擁有和營運。

作為華埠國際區中最大的綠地,這個花園對於在這片土地上勞作的人以及漫步在此地欣賞並感受其多種外貌、顏色和景觀的人來說,一直是一個舒適和安全的避風港。它開發了健康措施,因此所有鄰里和社區成員都感到受歡迎。它一直很注重知識共享,是不同程度園丁的教育聚會場所。這裡還設有一個兒童花園、一個雞舍、一個戶外廚房和一個果園。

然而,疫情大流行期間,老年人進入他們耕種的小土地一直是個挑戰,尤其是獨自一人。在過去的幾年裡,該社區經歷了很多動盪,犯罪率也有所增加。再加上不習慣說英語的居民,他們可能因過去的經歷,或者來自讓他們對執法機構保持謹慎態度的國家——導致許多居民覺得在花園內活動缺乏安全感,甚至是一種冒險。

為了幫助園丁們在花園里勞動時感到安全,胡進培社區花園備有:

● 為社區園丁舉辦公共安全研討會

● 為社區園丁制定安全計劃

● 通過開發幫助維護同伴安全的中文微信訊息應用程序網絡,以確保園丁在園藝時能及時得到同伴支持

如何給胡進培社區花園一些關愛

向他們捐款!

支持胡進培社區花園並通過向擁有和經營該花園的 InterIm社區發展協會捐款,幫助其為老年人免費提供服務的開支。您可以在他們的網站上向他們捐款

在花園當義工!

InterIm社區發展協會有很多當義工的機會,不僅是胡進培社區花園,整個組織也需要志願工作者。請與他們聯繫,談一談關於成為義工的要件和資格

在社交媒體上關注他們

胡進培社區花園在 Instagram 和 臉書(Facebook)設立了帳戶!關注他們獲得最新更新訊息(並查看美麗植物的成長照片)!

該博客是「在華埠國際區中支持您的鄰里」(Support Your Neighbors in the CID) 系列的一部份,該系列重點介紹華埠的傑出人士,由於他們在社區安全方面做了出色且有影響力的工作而被鄰里提名。