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Dig In: March 12, 2016 is SOLD OUT

2016 web button taglineSold outAHA and our partner Marbles Kids Museum will host the 7th Annual Dig In! at Marbles on Saturday, March 12, 2016, exploring urban agriculture, community gardens and edible gardens in school and child care settings, and family garden fun. Download the agenda and register online here!

Keynote Address:

Conetoe Family Life Center youth with greens they grew.

Conetoe Family Life Center youth with greens they grew.

Rev. Richard Joyner of the Conetoe Life Family Center, Conetoe, N.C., named a 2015 Top 10 CNN Hero, will keynote Dig In. While Conetoe is a small community in Edgecombe County, Rev. Joyner’s strategy to impact the health of his community members in a positive way translates to all communities. Joyner involves children and the whole community in managing 20 plots of community gardening land, including a 25-acre site. Young farmers help Joyner plant and harvest almost 50,000 pounds of fresh, healthy food. The Conetoe Family Life Center mission is to improve the health of the youth and community by increasing access to healthy foods, increasing physical activities and providing access to health services. Rev. Joyner also serves as community chaplain at Nash General Hospital.

Dig In will also feature:

  • two sets of concurrent break-out workshops
  • workshops on edible community, school and child care gardens
  • optional mini-course on composting/vermicomposting
  • Connecting & Learning Roundtables
  • interactive, educational booths

Who should come to Dig In?

Anyone with an interest in building and serving community, connecting people with local foods, increasing access to healthy, fresh produce; and growing local food systems! Especially:

  • Educators
  • Child care center directors and staff
  • Parents
  • Churches and other faith-based organizations
  • Business leaders
  • Municipal planning and parks and recreation staff
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Advocates

Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors!

Many thanks to the sponsors that help make Dig In possible.

Additional sponsors:
Wake County Human Services
Many thanks to CompostNow for providing composting and waste recovery services for Dig in!

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Sponsorships for 2016

Interested in supporting AHA and Dig In 2016? Explore our Sponsorship Opportunities brochure. Contact AHA at

Presentations & Community Gardening Resources

Check out all the resources on community gardens from past Dig In! events and other expert sources.

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