DIG DEEP FARMS PROGRAMS

FOOD AS MEDICINE

Food As Medicine designed to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, reduce individual and household food insecurity, and reduce healthcare utilization. Food as Medicine goes beyond dietary health, targeting improvement in diet-related health outcomes and reduction in the incidence of depression and social isolation, which both have a negative impact on diet-related conditions. 


We are partnering with community-based health clinics. Clinic staff will screen patients across all specialties for food insecurity, social isolation, and diet-related conditions or risk. Providers are trained on food as medicine best practices and provide prescriptions (vouchers) for fresh produce to eligible patients on CalFresh and/or Medi-Cal. They also recruit eligible patients to enroll in the intensive Food as Rx/Incentive Program. In this program, patients participate in a 16-week “Behavioral Pharmacy” group medical visit program and receive food prescription vouchers with each visit, immediately redeemable for fruits and vegetables at the clinic-based “Food Farmacy” farm stands, ensuring maximum accessibility.

For more information please contact us at farmacy@digdeepfarms.com or (510) 626-5789

 

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER DAYS - COMING SOON!

Dig Deep Farms will soon have Community Volunteer Days on Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Under the guidance of a DDF farmer, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how our farms work, get your hands dirty planting seeds, pulling weeds or helping with other farm work, and make new friends.

 

Sign up here to be notified when we announce the dates! 

REENTRY INTERNSHIPS

Dig Deep Farms works with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office Behavioral Health Unit to provide paid transitional employment/internships, providing much-needed income, strengthening connections to their community and providing possible future employment opportunities. We are currently running 6-week cohorts of 2-6 interns, who receive permaculture certification at the end of their internships.

For more information please contact us at internships@digdeepfarms.com or (510 626-5789

FOOD RECOVERY

The Alameda County Food Recovery Project is a food recovery and redistribution program managed in partnership with the Deputy Sheriff’s Activities League) and ALL IN Alameda County.

 

ALL IN, StopWaste, Peralta Services Corporation and DSAL have devoted over a year of planning and relationship-building to the development of a sustainable model of food recovery that gets more fresh, healthy food onto the plates of food-insecure residents.

 

With funding from a CalRecycle food recovery grant awarded in 2017, we are launching a pilot this spring that will rescue more than 300,000 pounds of edible organics/year from Oakland USD and Livermore Valley Joint USD, Imperfect Produce and local farmers market and deliver it to low-income residents in public housing projects. The pilot will use the Dig Deep Farms Food Hub as a repackaging and distribution center. The Food Hub, currently nearing completion on County-owned land in San Leandro, will enable safe, efficient aggregation, sorting, processing and packaging of recovered food for distribution.

 

Based on the reputation we’ve earned as an ALL IN partner, multiple county agencies and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors are counting on the Food Hub as a linchpin for large scale food recovery efforts in Alameda County.

For more information please contact us at foodrecovery@digdeepfarms.com or (510) 626-5789

Are you a food producer who wants to participate?

If you qualify for the program, we will pick up uneaten food from your facility, separate the edible from the inedible, and deliver the good stuff to locations that feed low-income County residents. (Inedible recovered food may be converted to animal feed.) By tracking food waste diverted from landfill, you’ll be able to show compliance with new food waste regulations and other sustainability initiatives. Your business will also get a tax deduction for your donation.

 

If you’re interested in being a food recovery donor, please complete this interest survey.

After 3 food donations, you can be eligible to show your business as Food Recovery Verified! (We are partnered with the Food Recovery Network on certifying businesses in compliance with the SB 1383 mandated law.

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Do you provide meals for food insecure people?

If you’re interested in receiving food from the Food Recovery Initiative, please complete this interest survey.

FOOD ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUPPORT

At Dig Deep Farms, part of our mission is to support DSAL’s efforts to build financial capital in the Eden Area. Toward that end, we’re building a network of partners that can support local food entrepreneurs, connect people to career pathways, and create living-wage small business food systems jobs in and around the Food Hub.

Food Entrepreneurship Support includes commercial kitchen/food storage rentals so you can incubate your small business at the Food Hub, plus linkages to our growing Food Hub network of partner organizations. The network will ultimately include dozens of organizations that provide:
 

  • Free or low-cost business planning, marketing, and financing assistance to aspiring local entrepreneurs who want to start a catering, event production or specialty food business
     

  • Help identifying and enrolling in career pathway programs in permaculture, food processing, TDL (transportation, distribution & logistics), and restaurant work (including supervision/management)

For more information please contact us at kitchen@digdeepfarms.com