Dig In!, a community gardening event planned by Advocates for Health in Action (AHA), attracted 170 people to Marbles Kids Museum Saturday, April 17 to learn about building, maintaining and sustaining neighborhood, faith-based, business, non-profit and school gardens.
AHA organized Dig In! in response to all of the energy surrounding community gardening in Wake County. “By providing an organized day around the topic, we enabled people to determine how they could best become involved,” said Laura Aiken, director of Advocates for Health in Action.
“Dig In was a reflection of the intense interest in the local food movement in Wake County,” said Aiken. Participants learned how they could get involved in community gardening on a personal level, and they also had the opportunity to shape policies that will support community gardening in our county.
The day included open discussions, interactive exhibits, and a tour of five local gardens. Session topics extended beyond the basics of gardening to land use, zoning and legal considerations associated with community gardens.
“The best part about the day is that it was only the beginning of great things to come for our community,” said Aiken.
The John Rex Endowment is a supporting partner of AHA which is shaping a community where healthful eating and physical activity are the way of life. Find out how you can get involved by reading AHA updates about community gardens and local foods.