At the heart of every Development in Gardening (DIG) project is a facility garden implemented on the grounds of a hospital, orphanage, clinic, or school. Malnutrition, poverty, and disease are all realities in the lives of the people DIG serves, and the facility garden promotes a simple, effective and sustainable response addressing the major issues of food security and nutrition.
While respecting the local food culture, DIG introduces garden produce that is diverse and highly nutritious. When complemented with nutrition and cooking classes, DIG’s facility garden can significantly improve the health of a community.
Every DIG facility garden has its own unique goals and objectives, but they all serve as a demonstration garden for the local community. Sustainable agriculture techniques such as: garden planning and digging, selecting and saving seeds, planting and transplanting crops, caring for plants and dealing with pests organically, and harvesting produce are all demonstrated onsite.
In addition to supplying the community with fresh produce and education, DIG facility gardens have also proven to be spaces for fellowship and social gathering. They provide significant income generating opportunities as well as paces for women’s empowerment, and the gardens are always integrated into the continual programming and curriculum development of the facility making them a sustainable fixture in the community.