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.
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.
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
- ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Resources
- Center for Environmental Farming Systems
- Lord’s Acre Learn Organic Gardening
- Mother Earth News Organic Gardening
- Organic Agriculture Webinars
- North Carolina State University Gardening resources
North Carolina Hunger and Agriculture Organizations
- Toe River Food Security Network’s List of Yancey & Mitchell County Food Security Resources
- North Carolina Community Garden Partners
- Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP)
- Carolina Farm Stewardship Organization (CFSA)
- Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI)
- North Carolina State Cooperative Extension: Local Food
- North Carolina State Cooperative Extension: Food Access
- MANNA (WNC Food Bank)
National Hunger and Agriculture Organizations
- Share our Strength
- Bread for the World
- Healthy Food Access Portal
- USDA’s Know your Farmer Know your Food