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.

 

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER DAYS

Dig Deep Farms now has Community Volunteer Days every Wednesday from 9am-1pm.

Our volunteer days here at Dig Deep Farms are a one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience you won’t want to miss.

To register and for more information please contact us at info@digdeepfarms.com or (510) 626-5789.

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.

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.

FOOD ENTREPRENEURSHIP PIPELINE

Dig Deep Farms is building a pipeline of living-wage food systems jobs in small business opportunities based inside and around the Food Hub.

 

The pipeline will include entrepreneurship development (catering, specialty food production, special events, …), business incubation, and career pathway education and support for food hub employees to move up the ladder in restaurant work, transportation, distribution, and logistics, food processing, and/or supervision and management.

 

Sustainable employment is strongly linked to improved physical and mental health outcomes.