Dig In! at Marbles Kids Museum to Help Grow Edible Gardens



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Kids meet a beekeeper at a previous year's "Dig in!" workshop.

Courtesy of Advocates for Health in Action

Are you or your teen interested in starting an edible garden at your local school or childcare center? Would you like to create a community garden at your church or in your neighborhood? Would you like to know more about urban agriculture or composting/vermicomposting? Get up to speed on these topics and others at "Dig In!" Saturday, March 12, 8:15 a.m.-2 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.

For the 7th year, Advocates for Health in Action and Marbles are teaming up to offer this day-long event designed to help Wake County residents and workers grow fresh, healthy food and healthy, vibrant communities. Go for educational workshops, hands-on booths and to hear from keynote speaker Rev. Richard Joyner, who launched a 25-acre community garden and 21 community gardens to provide local, healthy food access as well as youth development opportunities. Teens in his community of Conetoe, North Carolina, have become certified beekeepers and are selling honey as a way to support their garden.

Rev. Joyner, a certified Clinical Pastoral Counselor and CNN 2015 “Top 10 Hero,” juggles multiple jobs as pastor of Conetoe Missionary Baptist Church, founder of the Conetoe Family Life Center and director of Pastoral Care at Nash Health Care Systems. After growing weary of attending funerals of those who did not have access to healthy fresh foods, he resolved to move Conetoe away from being a "food desert," where many residents living in poverty did not have access to fresh, affordable food and suffered from illnesses, such as diabetes. He led 21 other local churches to launch gardens to provide community members with access to healthy food. He will talk about the impact these gardens on health in his community as well as youth leadership development.

“Rev. Joyner is sowing the seeds of healthy change, leading community conversations on how we eat, and providing amazing opportunities for the youth in his community, who are learning to grow their own food and running their own business as beekeepers,” says AHA Executive Director Sara Merz.

Rev. Richard Joyner (Courtesy Advocates for Health in Action)

“Dig In!” will also feature local urban agriculture and community gardening experts and workshops for anyone interested in starting a community garden or edible garden in a school or child care setting or who want to keep their current garden healthy Registration ($15 per person) is open at www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org.

Dig In! Workshops include:
• Starting edible community, school and child care gardens.
• Managing diseases, good bugs and bad bugs.
• Engaging volunteers through asset-based community development.
• Growing the Traditional Calendar School Garden.
• Hands-on Learning in the Child Care Garden.
• Design Using Permaculture Principles.

If you go, please be aware that child care is not provided for Dig In! registrants. But children and families are welcome to visit the educational booths and the Sun Sprouts Garden as well as experience all the usual fun at Marbles Kids Museum. At the Sun Sprouts Garden, children can celebrate bees by pretending to be these treasured garden visitors. They can build a giant hive on the fort, pollinate flowers in the garden and make a pollinator seed ball to take home and grow.

Courtesy of Advocates for Health in Action

 

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