Here we grow!

Dig In! is growing to new land (to us!) in Yancey County. The Dig In! Garden will be located at 744 Blankenship Creek Road beginning in November 2016. Thanks to Larissa and Warren Bare for leasing the property to Dig In! so that good food, a just food system and a strong community can continue to be cultivated through the work we do together.

Come out to lend a hand or just see the new spot on October 29th, 2016 for our Garden Go! day. We’ll meet at the Bolens Creek Garden at 1pm and then load up tools, materials, and plants to relocate to the Blankenship Creek Garden.

Have a talent, an interest or gift that can help us grow our roots deep as we start a new garden? Please email us at

Thanks for all your support as we we’ve searched for this land. We look forward to continuing to grow with you.


2016 Dig In! Empty Bowls Dinner

Join us for the 6th annual Dig In! Empty Bowls Dinner on September 30, 2016 from 4:30 – 7:30pm at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church in Burnsville, NC. Proceeds raised benefit Dig In!’s work to grow and give vegetables so that everyone eats in Yancey County.  

Join your family and neighbors for a meal that celebrates our community’s ability to feed each other so that everyone eats. Tickets can be purchased at the door or the following venues: Appalachian Java, Burnsville Wine And …, Yancey Chamber of Commerce,  OOAK Gallery, Pig & Grits, and Reconciliation House.

You can be part of the crew that makes this event possible:

To Donate Bowls for the Event

To Volunteer in the kitchen for the Event

To donate Soup, Breads or Desserts for the Event

What are you looking forward to about this year’s Dig In! Empty Bowls event?

Digging It Being a Girl Scout

-by Girl Scout Leader Amy Trobaugh

During the perfect evening weather of Monday, May 23, eight members of Junior Girl Scout Troop #12715 got down and dirty at Dig In! Yancey Community Garden.

First we toured the lush perennial plantings of Dig In! with Assistant Garden Manager Olivia Sanders. Olivia asked us to use all of our senses to investigate, then describe, the living world we explored. Then, we helped Garden Manager Kathleen Wood plant over 100 starts of “King of the North” bell peppers under black plastic. We learned about different types of mulches. We asked why we were putting crab shells into the soil. We punched plastic. We massaged roots. We tucked plants into bed. And along with David McCourry, Scouting Hannah’s brother, we gave the plants a shower. We had a blast!

Girl Scouts


Throughout 2015-16, our Scouts have been working diligently to earn their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can earn. We have been discussing the issue of Food Insecurity in Yancey County — why it exists, who it affects, and most importantly, what we as Girl Scouts can do to alleviate hunger and educate others about how they can help others and themselves. Digging at Dig In! have been some of our most rewarding hours spent yet towards earning our Bronze Award!

Welcome Spring! Work Together Days begins

It’s a risk, but we’re going to say that spring is here! At the heart of Dig In! is our community. We cannot wait to be in the garden together this season.

Please join us on Thursday, April 21st from 10am – 1pm for our first
Work Together day.
We’ll work in the garden, celebrate Earth Day and have a grand ol’ time

Work Days will be held every Thursday through September at the Dig In! Garden (10am – 1pm). We’ll be adding an additional day (TBD), particularly suited to organized groups such as Girls Scout Troops, Summer Camps, Church Groups and any other group that wants to spend time together and get their hands dirty. Please park at Bolens Creek Baptist Church across the street and walk over. We’ve got tools and good company. No dogs, please. IMG_1498.JPG

Help us celebrate with local musician’s showcase fundraiser

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden extends an invitation to all to join us as we celebrate the approach of Spring with music, food and fun. Our Local Musicians’ Showcase Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 19th, 2016, 6pm-11pm, at the Celo Community Center. Doors will open at 5pm.
On stage will be five outstanding local musical groups: Nancy Wood-Susan Garriques-Susan Scoggins, Polly Lorien and Bob Early, David Wiseman, Broke Holler, and Smokey Joe and the South Toe Syndicate. Yves Giraud and Eric Witherspoon will be the Tweeners.

For a mere $10.00/adults and $5.00/children entry fee you will enjoy good music as well as lots of food and fun with friends and neighbors. Delicious homemade goodies and non-alcoholic beverages will be on sale for $1.00 each. (BYOB for alcoholic drinks; glasses provided.) Additionally, you may look forward to cakewalks throughout the evening-$2.00 per ticket OR 4 tickets for $5.00. All proceeds raised will help Dig In! continue to grow and give food away during the 2016 season.

The Celo Community Center is located in the old Celo Health Center on Seven Mile Ridge Road in the South Toe area of Yancey County. Looking forward to seeing you there! Together, we can continue to help build a community where everyone eats.


Dig In! Leaders Recognized for Making a Difference

Board President, Deborah Palmer and Garden Manager/ED Kathleen Wood, received awards for their contributions to Yancey County citizens through service with Dig In!. The Farm-City week awards were presented at a community breakfast held on December 3, 2015 and attended by civic leaders. Deborah received the “Unsung Hero” award for the many ways she contributes to the success of Dig In.! Kathleen received the “Sustainable Agriculture” award for her efforts to grow and give food using sustainable growing methods. The annual celebration of Farm-City Week is hosted by North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Yancey County Center, in cooperation with local civic organizations and sponsors. The awards recognize members of the community who have made a difference in the lives of the citizens of Yancey County. Work gloves and straw hat off to each of you!

Empty Bowls 2015 breaks records!

Due to the hard work of Board Vice President Linn Dowell, fantastic new volunteer Nancy Henkelman, and many, many volunteers, our annual fundraiser broke records and raised over $10,000 this year! This was Dig In!’s 5th annual Empty Bowls event held at Higgins Memorial United Methodist. Over 375 people attended, an overwhelming turnout to support the day-to-day operations of the garden. Eighteen local restaurants and individuals donated homemade soups, volunteers baked bread and cookies, local artists sold crafts to benefit the garden, and Smokey Joe and Friends entertained. The Empty Bowls event is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. Founders, Lisa Blackburn and John Hartom live in Burnsville. John is a Dig In! founder along with Linda McFarling. John and Linda were honored at the event with their spouses for the integral role they have played in establishing the success of Dig In!. Thank you to all who contributed and attended this year’s Dig In! Empty Bowls Event. We look forward to seeing you next year.

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