Stories From The Field: Adventure Trips
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2016 Volunteers and Visitors

There is so much we would not be able to accomplish without the support of generous people willing to step up to ensure DIG's work moves forward and thrives. We are excited to be working with a vibrant community of volunteers, interns, and visitors in 2016. Take a look at a few of individuals giving of their time and talents this year alone.

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Trellis Fellow in Kenya

This year DIG was awarded our 2nd Trellis Fund Award from UC Davis. The Trellis Fund is an arm of the UC Davis Horticulture Innovation Lab. Trellis works on a smaller scale than the lab, selecting students to partner with host organizations on the ground for a few months before traveling there for two-to-three-week projects. This year, 14 different students traveled to nine different countries including one to Kenya with DIG.   DIG was matched with Belinda Richardson — an international

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I DIG Kenya 2014

We set off on an adventure…….   “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher

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Nyla’s Experience on the “I DIG Kenya” 2012

My recent visit to DIG in Kenya in May 2012 was a wonderful adventure thanks to the outstanding leadership of Sarah Koch, the executive director and her DIG co-workers!  Our itinerary was well organized and offered a “hands-on” experience to help us understand the mission and work of the Garden Program.   We visited many DIG sites and participated in their gardening endeavors. It was special to have the opportunity to meet the Kenyan people in their schools, homes &

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Volunteering in Kafue

By: Damian, a DIG volunteer who has been in Kafue for the last 6 months with his wife, Ali. Kafue’s DIG project has been hard work with great rewards. We have met (and hopefully empowered) wonderful people who genuinely seem to enjoy the work and camaraderie. Four main gardens have been established at the local medical clinics with satellite home gardens spreading from each of these. I believe that a solid core group of women have really mastered the gardening

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My Dream of Africa Came True by Maggie Johnston

Maggie Johnston is part of the Birmingham DIG community.  She is the director of Camp McDowell Environmental Program and joined DIG on this year’s Donor Trip to Zambia. As a young child, I would thumb through my father’s National Geographic magazines and dream of Africa.  Can you relate? Wild giraffes, lions, zebras, elephants wandering across the plains.  Half clad, dark skinned African people using primitive tools to make a living from the land.  I have grown up in a world

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Zambian Beginnings

Welcome to Zambia!! We’re at five weeks and counting here. These days the sun is shining a bit more and the afternoons are slightly less chilly, and progress on beginning the gardens seems to be moving at about the same pace as the changes in the weather – slowly slowly.   While this seems to be par for the course in Africa, somehow I managed to forget that – I  arrived quite eager and energized to get started, get my

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A few words from Ann’s volunteer trip.

I have never met so many people who were truly present, not distracted by the rush of life as we so often are in cities.  I felt completely at home, every day, everywhere, even in the slums and in strange towns along the roads.  Perhaps that was because Nasur, our driver, was the kindest human being imaginable, and completely dedicated to taking care of us in his world; perhaps it was because our group was so compatible and so forgiving

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