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Local Facilitator: Sarah Obonyo

Meet one of DIG’s stars and amazing Local Facilitators, Sarah Obonyo.    Sarah is the mother of 4 beautiful children and wife to a loving and supportive husband. She lives in Rongo in Western Kenya and has a passion for learning. While Sarah never finished secondary school she is incredibly intelligent and has proven to be a more than capable teacher and an irreplaceable member of the DIG team in Kenya.    Sarah started working for DIG last year after she proved herself to be

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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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Hellen Odira Omingo: DIG Farmer and Entrepreneur

I spent this morning with Hellen Odira Omingo, a DIG farmer participating in our Producer Group Program in North Kamagambo, Kenya. Hellen is a widow blessed with 4 children and a beautiful spirit.  She was trained by DIG last year in our Farmer Field School program and selected to join the Todnal Producer Group. DIG launched the Producer Group Program several months ago as a pilot program to help small-holder farmers shift their perspective from subsitence farming alone to farming as

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Stories from the Field: East Africa Update

Spending the last few weeks visiting DIGs projects happening in Kenya and Uganda have not only been an affirming experience for me but even more so, an inspiring one. After incredible fundraising events in Southern California and Colorado, my month of May has been committed to seeing what DIG has been doing first hand and sourcing out the stories of inspiration that best reveal our work. Having photographer/videographer, Bob Miller, along to capture DIG’s story on the ground has made

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Stories from the Field: Burkina Faso

Turning the Sahel into a Garden: Hot, dry and dusty are the most descriptive words that describe the current state of Ouagadougou.  One can sense it wants to rain so badly and indeed we have had two rains, however the ground is so hot and crusted it just seems to evaporate within hours and it is as dry and dusty as it was before the thunderstorm.  When the rains does come next month we should be very well prepared.  Even

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DIG’s 7 Year Throw Back

This September marked Development in Gardening’s 7 Year Anniversary. What started as a simple Peace Corp project has flourished into an international organization that has enriched lives and land in 8 countries around the world.  This November DIG will revisit our West African roots as we start a new project in the capital city of Burkina Faso.              DIG will work with Burkina’s military hospital to provide an urban gardening program to promote sustainable food

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DIG’s Inspiring Youth

A report on the Kuna DIG School Garden from the students who manage it.  DIG’s Kuna School Garden lies west of Nairobi in the Nyanza Province. With over 800 students and only 12 teachers, this government run school struggles to meet the needs of its population.    Through a partnership with the Lwala Community Alliance, the Segal Family Foundation, Starbucks, the International Youth Foundation, and Rotary International, DIG was brought in to help the school develop a garden education program

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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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What’s Up Uganda!

If you have ever been to a Reap Life DIG Event before you have probably heard Sarah tell the story of Patrick.  His story is amazing and it just keeps on getting better!    I had the chance to meet Patrick for the first time this summer and was blown away by the amount of work he is doing for his community and for DIG.   First Patrick, brought me to his home, a 15-minute bike ride from Bujagali, Uganda to

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Emily Achieng’s Ode to DIG

Rarely is DIG a muse for poetry but apparently something about our project sparked Emily’s creative juices! We also want to thank Mr. Tobias for capturing her poem and emailing it to us so that we can share it with all of you! After you read this poem, if you want to read more about Emily’s story click here.   DIG by Emily AchiengDIG! DIG! DIG!Who will help me DIG?In reality, everything is in DIG. Open your eyes and see!the richesproper

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Kuna Primary School

Kuna Primary school is situated 12km from our main site at Lwala Community Hospital, and can be easily accessed by Pikipiki (motorcycle taxi).  It has a total of 810 students with 14 teachers. It was the best performing school in its School Zone in 2011. Mr. Enoch Owenje Ngoje is the head teacher of the school.  He is motivated and engaged with the project.   The school has grown maize and bananas before but nothing else.  They are excited to

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Story from the Field: Wilfreda Anyango

Wilfreda Anyango is a mother of 8 children from Oboch Village of Kameji in North Kamagambo, Kenya. Wilfreda has to work extra hard to supplement the little income her husband is getting as a casual laborer in a nearby school since she has such a large family. Wilfreda joined DIG’s sustainable agriculture training because she is a member of the Umama Salama Group (Lwala Community Alliance Women’s group who work as community health workers to encourage women to give birth

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