Belinda Chin is the Program Coordinator for Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Urban Food Systems (UFS) Program that includes over one million square feet of agro-ecological public property. Gardens and orchards are used for community-building inspired by diversity, equity, and inclusion.
This is particularly meaningful for Ms. Chin, the daughter of immigrants who fled their homeland to escape a war shattered environment and agonizing poverty. Landing in the U.S., her family’s pursuit of culturally relevant food resulted in lasting impressions about boundaries, especially boundaries that discriminate by race, class, and place. Intermingled with memories of the violent clashes of the Civil Rights Movement, these experiences gave rise to her career committed to civil service and social justice.