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Community Commits to Healthy Food Access

Earlier this month, more than half of the people who attended the 9th Annual Dig In!, presented by AHA in partnership with Marbles Kids Museum, committed to taking an action to increase access to healthy food in their community—whether that community is at school, at a child care facility, in a neighborhood or elsewhere. They will take these actions through edible gardens in community settings and urban farms. Presentations and other resources distributed at Dig In! are online here. If you missed Dig In, take a look at this short video clip! ADD LINK

Numerous local experts from community organizations shared ways that people and groups can engage to improve health and fight food insecurity, and keynoter Katie Stagliano, founder of Katie’s Krops, inspired all with her journey from a third grader who grew a 40-lb cabbage from seed that she donated to a

Community Gardens Small Group Discussions

local soup kitchen to her life now as a freshman in college and the leader of a nonprofit featuring more than 100 edible gardens in 30+ states, all led by youth aged 9 to 16 and all donating 100% of their produce to those in need. AHA Director Sara Merz and each speaker issued a call to action as a result of attending Dig In!, and AHA will follow up to check in on the commitments made.


AHA thanks the teachers, early childhood educators, community gardeners and urban farmers, advocates and others who gave their time to attend, speak and host educational booths. We especially thank our partner Marbles Kids Museum as our Presenting Sponsor and for planning so many fun and educational activities for Dig In! attendees and Marbles guests in the Sun Sprout garden!

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