LEARN + TEACH

At Dig In! we work toward the day Yancey County feeds itself.

That means everyone can eat, grow and share fresh food grown in our gardens and by neighbors. That’s why it’s so important that we learn from each other and teach what we know.

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Learn by Doing

Our Work Together days are hands-on learning opportunities.

We learn by growing food alongside neighbors. Weekly from April through October we work in the garden together. This is a unique time for people of all skills to ask each other questions, observe, experiment and share insights and inspiration. Dig In! is a place where we try new ideas, explore old-time traditions, watch how things change and find ways to do it better next season. Whenever you come is the right time to be at Dig In! and whatever you can do to help is wonderful.

Teach the Next Generation

We believe in the power of youth to grow the future

Through outreach, education, and demonstrations Dig In! provides the next generation of gardeners skills to be successful, and works to instill passion and understanding of sustainable agriculture systems throughout the community. Students from Mountain Heritage High School work at Dig In! and help start plants in the school’s greenhouse. Students from a Montessori school, pre-college summer programs, mission trips, community college classes, university programs, all come to Dig In! to understand how food is grown and harvested in the Mountains.

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Extended Stay Learners

Want to learn to garden and grow community food security? Work with us for the season!

Dig In! hosts WWOOFers and will soon offer a Dig In! Apprentice program. These opportunities are generally open from April through October. If you are interested, be in touch via email or through the WWOOF USA website.

Research, Reflect, Act (repeat)

There are a lot of resources to support our quest to know more about growing food, eliminating hunger and achieving community food security. Below is a list of resources we find helpful when thinking about food.

Gardening and Farming Resources

North Carolina Hunger and Agriculture Organizations

National Hunger and Agriculture Organizations

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