Dig In 2017 Educated Many on Growing Food Everywhere

2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC provided gardening and food-oriented lectures. Source: Kay Whatley.
2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC provided gardening and food-oriented lectures. Source: Kay Whatley.

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) brought together hundreds for their annual, educational Dig In! event. Held March 4, 2017, at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh NC, teachers, child care providers, nonprofit representatives, community advocates and agricultural attendees looked at the food system from seed to table.

Dig In started eight years ago, and has returned to Marbles each March. This year’s event was billed as an opportunity to “get all the ‘dirt’ on starting and maintaining community, school and child care gardens and learn about the growing urban ag scene in Wake County.” Presentation tracks covered multiple topics so the 300 attendees could focus on what they wanted to learn.

With a ticket price starting at $15, the day provided inside educational presentations along with outdoor vendors representing nonprofits and food-security organizations. Many of these special vendors provided learning activities for the many families and children of all ages walking through. Vendors this year included:

  • Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve (City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources)
  • CompostNow
  • Extension Master Gardeners of Wake County
  • Fairview Garden Center
  • Gardeners of Wake County
  • Grow And Share
  • Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
  • Natural Learning Initiative
  • Piedmont Picnic Project
  • The Produce Box
  • Purple Martin Community Farm
  • Raleigh City Farm
  • Wake Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Wake County Farm Bureau
  • Wake County SmartStart
  • Wakefield High School Future Farmers of America Club

To watch for Dig In! next year, watch the Wake-AHA website at www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org, their Facebook page, or Twitter.

 

Outdoor vendors at 2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC. Source: Kay Whatley.
Outdoor vendors at 2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC. Source: Kay Whatley.

 

Outdoor vendors at 2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC. Source: Kay Whatley.
Outdoor vendors at 2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC. Source: Kay Whatley.

 

Outdoor vendors at 2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC. Source: Kay Whatley.
Outdoor vendors at 2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC. Source: Kay Whatley.

 

Wake Soil and Water Conservation District - Soil awareness vendor at 2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC. Source: Kay Whatley.
Wake Soil and Water Conservation District – Soil awareness vendor at 2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC. Source: Kay Whatley.

 

Outdoor vendors at 2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC. Source: Kay Whatley.
Outdoor vendors at 2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC. Source: Kay Whatley.

 

Outdoor vendors at 2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC. Source: Kay Whatley.
Outdoor vendors at 2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC. Source: Kay Whatley.

 

Soyini Guyton, Frogtown Farm in St. Paul MN, served as Keynote speaker for Dig In! 2017. Source: Michele McKinley, AHA.
Soyini Guyton, Frogtown Farm in St. Paul MN, served as Keynote speaker for Dig In! 2017. Source: Michele McKinley, AHA.

 

Statue at Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh NC. Source: Kay Whatley.
Statue at Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh NC. Source: Kay Whatley.

 

Ed. Note: Article by Kay Whatley, Editor, with thanks to AHA for their assistance.

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