Development in Gardening
Gifts that Matter
Welcome to the DIG Gift Garden
This holiday, give gifts that have the power to inspire and
For every gift you give, DIG will notify a friend or loved one of
the unique gift you made in their honor.
Plant seeds of change in the lives of thousands around the
world, and let the people you love know that they inspire you.
How the Gift Garden Works
1. Select the gift(s) you want to give.
2. Personalize your message.
3. Specify where to send notice of your gift(s).
4. Look for updates from DIG on how your gift has
been implemented in the field.
When you purchase from the DIG Gift Garden for someone you love, we
will send them a card like the one shown above. We can send as many
as you wish, so let this be a time for sharing gifts that keep giving.
Development in Gardening
In today’s development landscape, the world is hungry for solutions. We
strive for results we can scale, new technologies to answer old problems.
DIG addresses the many overlapping challenges facing vulnerable
farmers, including food and climate insecurity, malnutrition, poverty,
gender inequality, HIV and other disease, land rights, stigma and more.
How are we able to get young mothers to practice family planning without
fear of stigma? What techniques does DIG offer farmers to bolster their
climate resilience? How do we help underweight babies thrive?
First, we listen.
DIG works alongside these farmers and their families to design solutions
that best meet their unique needs. We meet them where they are,
address common struggles, and connect communities to new resources
and services so they can be supported holistically.
Since DIG’s founding in 2006, we’ve established over 100 community
gardens and more than 2,500 home gardens. We’ve cultivated former
trash heaps into hospital gardens to supply fresh produce to patients.
We’ve mentored farmers in climate-resilient agriculture on mountainsides,
urban jungles, rural plains, sandy deserts and salt flats. We’ve inspired
widows to become entrepreneurs.
Our gardens have withstood droughts and floods, theft and livestock
damage, and have taken root in hospitals, clinics, orphanages, schools,
homes and community groups far beyond the reach of many
Whether we are cultivating the earth alongside
mothers, children, people living with HIV, or
young men and women eager for meaningful
livelihoods, no two gardens are alike, just as no
two farmers are. They will tell you if you listen.
Sowing Seeds for Today Tomorrow and Forever.
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With the traditional practice of saving seeds threatened by Big Agriculture, local seed banks are
being rapidly replaced by corporate-run stores selling engineered and chemical treated options.
DIG is committed to reconnecting our farmers to the miracle of seeds. By promoting organic,
open-pollenating, nutrient-dense, climate-tolerant, and indigenous crops, and teaching seedbanking
with proper storage, we are ensuring the right seeds are planted, harvested and
replanted… for a lifetime.
Encouraging crop diversity is equally important. DIG-trained farmers increase the variety of
vegetables they eat from 3 varieties/week to 7-plus, and It all starts with the seeds.
At 11 months old, Grigler Juma was severely malnourished, HIV positive and diagnosed
with Kwashiorkor (a protein deficiency). Grigler had a bleak prognosis. His mother
Valarie, also HIV positive, works as a farm laborer earning $0.15 an hour.
Through DIG’s Priority Household Program, the Kenya team was able to design a
protein-dense and micronutrient-diverse garden for Valarie. Additionally, DIG mentored
her in a small dried fish business which added critical protein to Grigler’s diet while
producing a viable income for their household sustainability.
Today at 18 months, Grigler is finally walking and has gained over 11 lbs.
No DIG garden is complete without the addition of carefully selected trees that
provide not only shade and beauty, but years of increased dietary diversity,
stability, growth and possibility.
By planting papaya, banana, mango, moringa and others, you’re encouraging
reforestation, good nutrition and greater financial opportunity.
Moringa has been called the “miracle tree” for its many nutritional and
medicinal benefits. DIG grows moringa in nearly every garden. It is fast
growing, drought tolerant and delicious in many traditional diets. The
growing international popularity as a super-food makes moringa an
excellent income-generating crop as well.
DIG promotes moringa for all our farmers, especially those living with HIV,
anemia or malnutrition; pregnant or nursing women; and all young children.
Farming can be back-breaking work, all the more so when it has to be done
by hand and without basic, necessary tools. Provide DIG’s farmers with the
strong sturdy tools they need to break ground and maintain their gardens for
years to come.
Garden Tool Sets include locally sourced rakes, shovels, picks, pitchforks,
machetes, hoes, small spades, rice sacks, and other items.
With only 1/4 acre of steep hillside land in Southern Uganda, and 10 mouths to
feed, Grace Nyabuhura struggled to make ends meet.
Since joining the DIG program and learning new farming techniques, every inch of
her available land is used to grow vegetables.
“Before DIG, I didn’t have access to seeds, but now I have seeds, tools and
knowledge. I feel like I have gained respect within my household and within my
community because of my ability to grow. I never thought I could grow crops right
outside my house before, but I can.”
Nourishing a thirsty garden is often the greatest challenge to good nutrition and food
DIG’s diverse water solutions can lessen the burden of having to haul water, sometimes
for miles, and to mitigate drought.
Solutions are tailored to fit the individual needs of our farmers, and include hand-dug
wells, storage barrels, roof gutters, treadle pumps, channeling water from nearby rivers
and streams, rain catchment systems, lined pits and a myriad other creative solutions to
maximize this precious resource.
After their tragic eviction from the forest, many Batwa communities in Southern
Uganda were forced to relocate to bald mountain tops with little access to
water. Some of our Batwa farmers have to walk more than 2 hours, up and
down steep terrain, to reach the nearest water source.
DIG works with every community and every farmer to lesson the burden of
providing water to their garden.
DIG farmers are encouraged to take the new skills they learn at the Community
Garden and put them to work at home as well.
DIG sponsors Home Gardens with small grants to purchase tools and supplies.
Our local facilitators assist each and every farmer with planning and design, so
that even the smallest spaces can become nutrient-rich, thriving home gardens.
For every $100 invested in a DIG Home Garden, our families are able to earn or
save over $300 a year.
Millicent Anyango is a bright and beautiful 27 year old. Two years ago her husband vanished,
leaving her to care for their 5 children alone, a challenge made harder by the severe mental
and physical disabilities of her 3 youngest daughters. Plagued by an undiagnosed genetic
disorder, they can neither walk nor speak. Many of their neighbors rumor they are cursed, yet
Millicent continues to cope day-to-day.
After joining DIG, Millicent pursued agri-business. Today, she is a flourishing entrepreneur
with a regular income. Having secured a market to sell her kale and onions, she is earning
upwards of $35 a month. Equally impressive, Millicent has become a DIG Mentor Mother,
regularly sharing what she’s learned with others.
For every project, DIG trains and hires a full-time Local Facilitator who speaks the
language, knows the community and understands the traditional customs. Easily
accepted and admired, Facilitators guide, teach new skills, and are crucial to the
success of every DIG Project.
By supporting one life, you change many.
For every $150 donation, you are providing one month’s salary for a Local Facilitator. A
donation of $1,800 sponsors a Local Facilitator’s salary for an entire year
Wilbur Serusiru was raised by his grandparents in sight of the forest where the Batwa
once lived. Barely getting by, Wilbur often heard stories of how abundant life in the
forest had been.
Determined to make a better life for himself, Wilbur pursed an education and became
an advocate for the Batwa throughout the region. Last year, DIG hired Wilbur as a Local
Facilitator in Southern Uganda. Today he is proudly referred to as “Boss.”
Wilbur approaches DIG’s work with empathy and passion, encouraging community
members to adopt projects in ways DIG never could have alone.
Help a DIG Group expand their farm into a small business enterprise. There
are so many initiatives worth supporting and so many opportunities to explore
such as a moringa powder business, poultry and egg enterprise, or local seed
Invest in a DIG Garden Business today.
At age 65, Kasmiel Okombo became an unlikely entrepreneur.
Like many in Western Kenya, Kasmiel farmed only traditional crops like maize and
beans, but what he earned wasn’t always enough to put his 3 youngest kids through
school. After going through DIG’s Farmer Business School training, Kasmiel decided
to try growing Roselle Hibiscus for the local market. He learned how to dry, process,
package and sell the vitamin and iron-rich Roselle. Enjoyed as a tea but also a
nutritional additive to foods, Kasmiel’s business has paid off. His most recent
harvest generated close to $200 profit, 4 times the amount he had gotten for his
maize, and his children are all happily in school.
DIG developed the MOBILE FARMER FIELD SCHOOL to travel to those who can’t come
At a cost of $500 per farmer, DIG provides a community demonstration site, tools,
seeds, local facilitators, and community-specific training for families to improve their
nutrition, food security, and income.
Graduated farmers have been able to reduce their weekly food expenditures by 91%
while increasing their weekly income by 345%, all from their gardens.
DIG’s Young Mothers Mobile Farmer Field School trains young women with
children under age 5 in sustainable agriculture and nutrition.
Implementing what they’ve learned, these mothers have been able to more
than double the meals they source from their home gardens, having a
lasting effect on the health and development of their children.
Open Box Gifts
Whether fencing a garden from rogue hippos, offering nutrition classes to new
mothers, or simply responding to devastating floods or droughts, your
donation allows DIG to manage challenges and invest in opportunities as they
Join us as we work to make a change, teach skills and offer hope to so many
Give What You Can
Think outside the box, and give Development in Gardening the
freedom to use your gift where it’s needed most.
Order Your Gift
Order Online or Mail-In This Order Form
City, State, Zip:_________________________________________________
How much would you like to give?
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$500 $1000 $2000 $2500 Other $________
What Serving gifts Sizes would you like to purchase?
___ Vegetable Seeds
___ Local Facilitators
___ Fruit Trees
___ DIG Start-Ups
___ Garden Tools
___ Farm Shares
___ Water Solutions
___ Open Box / Unrestricted Gifts
___ Home Gardens
To whom should we send notice of your gift?
Ways to Give
checks to Development In Gardening posted to:
1270 Caroline St. Suite D120-312 Atlanta, GA 30307
Other Ways to Give
Please consider other ways to get involved that will
help DIG continue to grow.
Gifts of Stock
To discuss these and other opportunities,
please contact info@reaplifeDIG.org
1270 Caroline St. Suite 120-312
Atlanta, GA 30307
Transforming the world can start with
something as simple as planting a seed.