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MetroFresh’s 2020 DIG Garden ~ Ziguinchor, Senegal

In 2019 at a DIG Cocktails and Castoffs event, MetroFresh, a local Atlanta restaurant, encouraged their community to help sponsor a DIG garden in Senegal. They have previously sponsored a garden in Kenya and Uganda and this year they wanted to spread the seeds of transformation in Senegal. Their support has sustainably equipped 13 uniquely vulnerable families in the city of Ziguinchor, Senegal to become food secure, nutritionally rich, climate resilient, and economically secure. Here are some of the stories

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Transitioning field schools to safe, socially distanced learning environments using the FAO’s Farmer Field School COVID Recommendations

In the Casamance region of Senegal, lies the second biggest city, Ziguinchor. Plagued with arid soils and an inescapably long dry season, the region largely relies on an import-based food system for a majority of their needs, including fruits and vegetables. With COVID-19 disrupting critical food distribution systems, DIG’s farmer field school network has been ramping up production to fill in the gaps. In 2019, Development in Gardening, with support from Rise Against Hunger, The University of Washington Senegal Research

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#GivingTuesday – Giving a Future: Sabina Oyango

As we begin to plan for #GivingTuesday on Dec 3, 2019, we thought it would be a good idea to look back and see what some of our first #GivingTuesday seeds have planted. DIG first participated in #GivingTuesday in 2015 supporting our Farmer Field School Program in Kenya. We re-visited one of our farmers from the first 8 Farmer Field School Groups to see how her family is doing.

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The Case for DIG

Sarah Koch, DIG’s founder and Executive Director was a featured 2019 social entrepreneur in Santa Clara University’s GSBI program. Watch her make the case for DIG at GSBI’s Investor Showcase.

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13th Annual Summer of Love Pool Party Benefits Development in Gardening

DIG would like to say a BIG thank you to San Diego supporters Paul Davis and Fred Paisley for their creative and festive fundraising this summer!    Love is in the air – at least it was on Saturday, August 17th. Over 100 guests came out to support the 13th Annual Summer of Love Pool Party to benefit Being Alive and Development in Gardening (DIG).  Party Hosts, Paul Davis and Fred Paisley, were excited that the pool party raised approximately

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A Partnership Worth Watering

Fred and Milton Ochieng were born and raised in Lwala. Their parents, who have now both passed away from HIV, supported the two brothers to study medicine in the United States. Now the two medical students formed the Lwala Community Alliance (LCA) to give back to their community.

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“12 Hours in the Day”

It’s exciting to usher in another year with Development in Gardening and have so much to look forward to! We have come a long way since our meager beginning 6 years ago, and I’m proud that we have not lost our grassroots focus or sacrificed our core values in order to survive. With a strong Board of Directors and an inspiring staff, DIG is poised for significant growth in 2012.    Our project in Lwala has been particularly meaningful for me

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