Community garden invites local Asian residents to grow crops from their homelands

Danny Woo Community Garden
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Hunger is prevalent among immigrant seniors

Immigrant populations often experience language and cultural barriers that prevent them from accessing available programs or making their needs known. In the 1970’s Seattle’s growing population of Asian immigrants had few services tailored to their needs, and seniors had few options to socialize or practice the agriculture they left in their homelands.

Solution: Seattle converts vacant lot into community garden for Asian residents

In Seattle’s International District area, a steep corner lot bordering the freeway went undeveloped for years. In the 1975, local activists persuaded property owner Danny Woo to convert the property into a community garden to allow the neighborhood’s largely Asian population to have a space to plant crops from their homelands. Support for the project grew, and in the ensuing decades it has developed into a beautiful public space with fruit trees, over 100 garden plots, chickens, and cherry trees from Mt. Fuji gifted from Japan.

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Dave Cannon is a Seattle-based entrepreneur and consultant to nonprofits and small businesses. He loves Thai food and takes terrible photographs. You can follow him on Linkedin.
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