Dig In! 2020: School, Community, & Urban Ag Gardening Conference - Postponed

03/28/2020 8:15 am - 1:30 pm

The Poe Center is hosting Dig In! 2020.

UPDATE: In light of recent developments with COVID-19, and the most recent statement given by Governor Roy Cooper and other public health officials, we are postponing Dig In! 2020.  It is uncertain if the COVID-19 pandemic will clear before the end of spring or early summer. With this in mind, we are proposing early fall as an alternative time to host Dig In!. We hope that you’re still able to participate in this amazing event and we are fortunate that NC has such a great fall growing season. If you have further questions, please contact Remi Ham at r.ham@poehealth.org.

The Poe Center is excited to continue the tradition of the Dig In! conference, previously hosted by Advocates for Health in Action. Dig In! is an educational event focused on school, community, and childcare gardening, as well as urban agriculture.  As a leader in nutrition education, the Poe Center’s unique GrowWELL teaching garden and themed-educational theaters are a great setting to host this inspiring event.

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This event is for leaders and community members. Together, we will learn how edible gardens and urban agriculture initiatives increase healthy food access in neighborhoods, workplaces, faith communities, schools, and child care centers— just about anywhere people come together.

The conference will consist of morning refreshments, general sessions, workshops, educational booths, networking opportunities, and a keynote speaker.

Who: Anyone who cares about their community, and particularly about everyone in our community having access to delicious, healthy locally grown fruits and vegetables. Whether you’re an established gardener or exploring the possibilities, you’re invited.

What: Presentations will fall into the following themes.

  • Urban Farms
  • Community Gardens
  • Edible School and Child-Care Gardens

When: Saturday, March 28th, 2020, 8:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: The Poe Center for Health Education, 224 Sunnybrook Rd, Raleigh, NC, 27610

Keynote Speaker: Foodscaping for Community Development, Brie Arthur

Combining expert advice from both of her books, Brie Arthur discusses how gardening can help shape the future of community development. The most important thing we can do as stewards of the earth is to teach the next generation to value the resources of the natural world. Brie will share stories from her community outreach programs with public schools across the US. Discover how to engage administrators, teachers, parents and grounds management staff to create bountiful and beautiful spaces that provide community pride and educational opportunities for people of all ages. This is a fast paced, informative presentation that leaves attendees inspired and ready to foodscape for the future!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Download our Dig In Sponsor Form.

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General Flyer
For Teachers & PTA
For Childcare Centers


Thank you to our sponsors!

Tent Sponsor

Wake County Human Services



Grower Level

Oakwood Garden Club


Wake County Farm Bureau

Marilu Thorsden-Velez

Abelmoshus Esculentus Agricultural Associates



Weaver Street Market

Fun 4 Raleigh Kids


Capitol Grange