Dig In! Community Gardens Summit March 5

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is excited to announce the second annual Dig In community garden summit will be March 5 at Marbles Kids Museum. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sponsored by Advocates for Health in Action, Dig In will feature local urban farming and gardening experts, hands-on workshops and educational booths -all designed to help the community dig in and grow fresh, healthy food. Staff from the Nutrition, Farms and Gardens department at Inter-Faith Food Shuttle will be presenting a garden planning and design workshop. Market Restaurant will host a benefit dinner on Wed., Feb. 23, to help raise money for AHA projects that further community gardens and local food initiatives in Wake County. Dine at Market any time between 5:30 and 10 pm on Feb. 23, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Dig In. A health-focused eatery in downtown Raleigh, Market Restaurant is committed to serving fresh, seasonal dishes made entirely of locally grown ingredients. A variety of child-friendly food options are available and every attempt is made to accommodate special diets. Call-ahead seating is recommended; call 754-0900. Market Restaurant is located at 938 N. Blount St. in the historic Mordecai neighborhood in downtown Raleigh.

"We are thrilled to have Market's support for Dig In and local community gardens," commented Laura Aiken, executive director of AHA and Community Health Specialist at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. "Community gardens are increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables," Aiken continued. "Schools, churches, neighborhoods, community groups and other nonprofits can capitalize on the excitement around sustainable food systems, connect people with where their food comes from and promote environmentally friendly living."

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) is a group of more than 50 diverse organizations and community members, including the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, who are shaping the environment throughout Wake County so healthful eating and physical activity are the way of life. AHA works to achieve its mission by shaping policy and environments that ensure available and affordable access to healthful foods and physical activity for all community members.

See you all at this year's Dig In summit on March 5!