KCD’s Community Agriculture Team has been growing culturally relevant seed starts remotely at home and at the KCD office. These starts were grown to give to low-income, community-of-color, and immigrant and refugee community gardens in King County. We hope that these starts will provide some form of relief, from bringing more food to the table to reconnecting with food that is culturally relevant to so many in King County.
Clyzzel (also goes by Cly) joined KCD in September as the Community Agriculture Fellow through the Rainier Valley Corps/Got Green’s Green Pathways Fellowship Program. Cly is part of a family line of fishermen and farmers from a small province of the Philippines and is passionate about food justice. She believes that access to healthy food is a human right, not a privilege. Cly has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington Seattle. She was the political chair for the Filipino American Student Association at UW Seattle in 2016 and has centered her life in uplifting the Asian Pacific Islander community ever since. Cly centers her activism in kapwa — the Tagalog word for togetherness. To her, food is a physical and spiritual way to connect with community, the Earth, the past and future generations.