Sustainable nutritional support through urban vegetable micro-gardens (DIG)

Read at : DIG – Development in Gardening

Cultivating health in urban HIV hospitals, orphanages, and outpatient centers.

DIG is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to improve the health and well-being of HIV-positive and other at-risk individuals in developing nations. We do this by teaching the skills and providing the infrastructure to create sustainable community gardens, thereby empowering people to improve both their nutrition and earning potential.

Through the cultivation of urban vegetable micro-gardens, DIG is able to provide sustainable nutritional support to patients, create income generating opportunities, and offer a safe space for affected individuals to gather, which fosters community strength and empowerment.


Go to the people, live among them, learn from them, plan with them, work with them, start with what they know, build on what they have, teach by showing, learn by doing, not a showcase but a pattern, not odds and ends but a system, not piecemeal but an integrated approach, not to conform but to transform, not relief but release.

Dr. Y.C. James Yen’s Principles of Participatory Development and Credo of Rural Reconstruction.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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