Make us part of your New Year’s resolutions. Eat your greens. Take a walk outdoors. Play in the dirt.
And give these same opportunities to kids in a low-income school district.
We need your help to raise $5000 to purchase seeds, plants, soil and tools for over 8,000 students. Please join our burgeoning garden movement by donating before December 31 so that WC DIGS can host a huge Garden Supply Give Away.
We support school gardens in West Contra Costa County by providing resources, advocacy, and partnerships. We build our community's resilience by cultivating wellness, academic achievement, and sustainable practices.
August 2015 Update: We are looking forward to another great year of supporting school gardens in WCCUSD. We are hosting eight garden education workshops in conjunction with the district. We will also continue a second year of our very successful mentorship and greenhouse programs. Click on our Events page to see what we are up to.
West County DIGS has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:
Tony Thurmond, State Assemblymember, 15th District
John Gioia, Supervisor, Contra Costa County
Tom Butt, Mayor, Richmond
Gayle McLaughlin, City Council member, Richmond
Genoveva Calloway, City Council member, City of San Pablo
Randy Enos, School Board Member, WCCUSD
Todd Groves, School Board Member, WCCUSD Dr. Miguel Altieri, UC Berkeley, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Urban Agriculture
Sibella Kraus, President and Founder, Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE)
Linda Hunter, Executive Director, The Watershed Project
Michael Flynn, Director, Common Vision
Tina Neuhausel, President and Founder, Sustainable Contra Costa
Emma Connery, Program Coordinator, West Contra Costa Master Gardener Program Park Guthrie, Garden Education Specialist, OUSD
Mike Parker, Steering Committee Member, Richmond Progressive Alliance
Ruby Gonzalez, Principal of Ellerhorst Elementary, WCCUSD Alison Makela, Principal of Madera Elementary, WCCUSD
Jeff Ritterman M.D., Vice President, Board of Directors for SF Physicians for Social Responsibility
Richard Boyd, Organizer, CCISCO
"An introduction to gardening at school helps grow responsible, environmentally-aware citizens!" ~Linda Hunter, Executive Director of The Watershed Project
"There is considerable evidence that young people benefit in many ways by spending time working and learning in a garden environment." ~Tina Neuhausel, President and Founder of Sustainable Contra Costa
"By providing young people the direct experience of playing with, studying, and managing the natural cycles and resources that sustain us all, West County DIGS helps our next generation develop the perceptual filters, aptitude, interest, wisdom, and values that will empower them to become scientists, eco-entrepreneurs, leaders, and active, informed citizens who will realize the dream of a more healthy, sustainable, and just socio-ecosystem." ~Park Guthrie, Garden Education Specialist, OUSD