Sustainability - the capacity to endure. The United Nations defines “sustainable development “ as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This concept resonates deeply with DIG as it calls us to enact responsible resource management, promote biological diversity, implement organic methods of agriculture that ultimately produce healthy vegetables and healthy communities.
Every DIG project looks to create a model that will endure. We consider the economic, environmental, and cultural realities of our communities and promote the transference of knowledge and skills building.
The following are just a few of DIG’s core agriculture practices:
- Use and promote open pollinating seeds, which can be saved and planted continuously
- Enact and teach organic practices for the care and maintenance of our gardens
- Develop and promote methods of water conversation
- Plant diverse crops with an emphasis on highly nutritious indigenous plants
- Choose and plant environmentally friendly crops (drought resistant, heat tolerant, nitrogen fixers, etc)
- Incorporate companion planting and natural pest control
- Stress the importance of composting and green manures