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Dig In: March 12, 2016

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AHA 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.

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 school gardens and child care gardens
  • Connecting & Learning Roundtables
  • interactive, educational booths

Complete agenda and registration in January 2016!

Who should come to Dig In next year?

Anyone with an interest in building and serving community, connecting people with local foods and increasing access to healthy, fresh produce! 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

Sponsorships for 2016

Interested in supporting AHA and Dig In 2016? Consider sponsorship–several levels are available; explore our Sponsorship Opportunities. Contact

Thank You to Our 2015 Sponsors!

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

The Whole Farm:  Marbles Kids Museum
Harvester: Logan Trading Co.
Harvester: Affordable Communities Group, LLC
Grower:  City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Grower: The Produce Box
Grower: Whole Foods Market (Cary and Wade Ave, Raleigh stores)

Additional sponsors:  Wake County Human Services


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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