Dine Out for Digging In event supports garden education

Digging In participants get excited about earthworms. From left: Serena Polzak, Tatum Hughes and Tenaya Fletcher. Photo courtesy Plumas Rural Services
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The Digging In garden education program is hosting its annual Dine Out for Digging In fundraiser Saturday, April 26. Digging In is a community-based program that makes hands-on garden and nutrition education possible for classes at Quincy and Greenville elementary schools.

Dine Out for Digging In guests will enjoy a meal of shepherd’s pie, generously prepared by Pangaea Café and Pub, as well as a no-host bar and a prize giveaway. Seatings are available at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Carey Candy Co. and Quincy Natural Foods Cooperative in Quincy and Lupines Natural Foods in Greenville.

Since 2010 the Digging In garden educators have been working with teachers to develop and lead garden lessons that engage students’ senses, reinforce the classroom curriculum, and help students understand the connection between healthy food and healthy bodies.

Students plant and tend the garden, learn about earthworm anatomy, turn compost piles and sample the food that they’ve grown. Garden educator Cody Reed laughs about the healthy bribes she uses for her students: “This might be the only program in the county where students beg for carrots and radishes.”

Digging In is run entirely on community donations, fundraisers and small grants. A collaborative of volunteer community members and organizations — including Mountain Passages, Sierra Farmstead and Plumas Rural Services — share responsibility for the program’s operation, driven by the belief that gardening is a fantastic way to inspire a love of fresh food, active lifestyles and respect for the land.

To learn more about how to support the Digging In program visit or call Mountain Passages at 283-0859.

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