Stories From The Field: Recent

It’s All About the Grandchildren

Serina's joy is hosting people in her home. Her DIG garden has enabled her to not only offer her guests beautiful meals when they visit, but she's also become an important resource for fresh diverse produce in her community.

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DIG’s Farmer Field School

DIG's foundational program prioritizes uniquely marginalized people. They learn to grow nutrient-rich gardens using regenerative agriculture as a way of improving theirs and their family's nutrition, food security, and income.

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For Generations to Come

Within the broader field of development, DIG is well positioned to effectively reach some of the world's most uniquely vulnerable and overlooked communities. Through our adaptive program, which is rooted in agroecology, and based on the belief that food and how it's cultivated can have a transformative impact on the world, DIG is ensuring communities are better nourished for generations to come.

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A Better World is Rooted in Food

What if we treated food as a human right instead of a product of the market? This 2 min short shares the commitment DIG holds to practicing community centered design and implementing climate-smart agroecology to address some of the world's biggest challenges.

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Growing More Resilient Local Food Systems

When the pandemic shut down markets and restaurants, DIG farmers like Fernard and Cecile were prepared to fill in the gaps. Their gardens were no longer just reliable sources of food for their families, they became a critical resource for their entire community.

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The Seed Savers of Kenya

The work of local seed savers is critical not only for their own household benefit but also for the benefit of their broader communities and the long-term survival of their local plants. These women, all DIG graduates, have become known as expert seed-savers are are a critical link in ensuring their food systems remain resilient and biodiverse.

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Removing Barriers and Increasing Access for People Living with Disabilities in Uganda

The mountains of Southwest Uganda are steep and isolating. Roads and transportation are poor at best and livelihoods are mostly centered around physically intense agriculture practices.

For People Living with Physical Disabilities, just living in this region increases the barriers to live a healthy and productive life.

DIG remains committed to serving this unique community and is continually adapting our model to ensure they have the skills and resources they need to provide for their families, give back to their land, and raise their position in society.

To learn more about DIG work with People Living with Disabilities in Uganda click here.

In 2020, when the world was being devastated by the Covid19 pandemic, friends, families, and colleagues of Bill Westwood and Ann McStay came together to support the growth of DIG through our Cocktails & Castoffs AT HOME event.

13 people donated to their MBA Aggies fundraising campaign. This is the story of the garden those 13 donors helped make possible.
We sincerely thank you for your support.
The DIG Team

The Karyango Abarema PLWD Group

Southwest Uganda’s mountainous landscapes and scarcity of formal markets means that many People Living with Disabilities (PLWD) depend on others for access to food, income, and other needs. Because this population is often dispersed throughout broader communities, lack of formal support and feelings of isolation are all the greater.

DIG has become known in the region for prioritizing People Living with Physical Disabilities. We have designed our program to better support them with caregiver networks and adapted our farming techniques for accessibility.

When the Karyango Abarema Group was formed, they were eager to partner with DIG and quickly found success through the program.

After breaking ground, the group quickly moved through DIG’s weekly training program. They began growing vegetables at the shared learning site as well as back in their individual homes.

After the success of their first harvest season, the group decided to leverage DIG’s Garden to Market Curriculum to start a more formal business. With their earnings, they started a savings group and began planning for an animal rearing businesses. Fairly quickly they saved enough to purchase a pig which they could breed to grow their investment.

Throughout the Covid19 pandemic, the supply for market vegetables have been unstable.  Experiencing this first hand, the Karyango group found their produce was in high demand. The group capitalized on this and by positioning their produce in local markets, they were able to earn a surplus of money. With that surplus, the group went on to purchase six rabbits, which they plan to multiple and share with each group member.

This group is incredibly resilient and they continue to diversify their business plans alongside their garden efforts. In the summer of 2021, the group purchased an additional five piglets and have grown their rabbit stock to ten. We know this all helps enhance their resilience to market fluctuations and climate disruptions over time, and what’s most exciting is that this group no longer has to look to others for food or income.

We are excited to see this group grow and thank the 13 donors who helped make this initiative possible.