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DIG IN: Weaving Edible Landscapes into the Fabric of Wake County

kaleThe emerging health crisis around food and nutrition oblige new thinking about the food we eat, how it’s produced, and where it comes from. Many countries have deeply established traditions of urban community and market gardening supported by land use and tenure regulations. Fresh food is close to home and produced by the residents who eat it. Production cycles are miniscule compared to present day industrialized agriculture.

U.S. community garden history dates back to the 1890s, with present day success continuing in many major cities. Today, burgeoning health issues related to nutrition, the resurgence of organic farming, and rethinking about food access are driving a new wave of foodscape creativity.

Register for Dig In on March 9 in Raleigh

Attend AHA’s Dig In on Sat., March 9 and  take a trip around the world to understand how foodscapes have been transforming communities for the better. During the Dig In opening session, Professor Robin Moore and Dr. Nilda Cosco from the Natural Learning Initiative, NC State University, College of Design, will describe how urban foodscapes can be created through participatory community design to improve the health, well-being, and economic vitality of towns and cities.

Using case examples, they will speculate about how community gardens in childcare centers, schools, parks, and institutional lands could become vital centers of community health, social interaction, and family enjoyment across Wake County and beyond. Join in the discussion about how to move the agenda forward.

Community Gardens, School/Child Care Gardens & Edible Landscapes 

Dig In will also feature three workshop tracks with concurrent sessions on community gardens, school/child care gardens and edible landscapes in urban areas. Who should come?

  • Elected officials from Wake County’s 12 municipalities and the county itself
  • City planners
  • Teachers
  • Child care center staff
  • Parents
  • Churches and other faith-based organizations
  • Business leaders
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Advocates

Register for Dig In

Registration for Dig In is now open, but space is limited. There are some scholarships available to those in need; please contact in that case.

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