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Today marks a new journey in my culinary adventures: collaborating on a field manual with the incredible non-profit organization Development in Gardening (DIG). The world through DIG's eyes is a place that has the potential to be better, to change - if only we were all so optimistic and held such points of view...
Not only do these individuals see the potential for change, they do something about it. And I couldn't be more excited to be part of such a group.
DIG's core mission consists of improving "...the nutrition and health of HIV-affected and at-risk populations through sustainable gardening." What this breaks down to, essentially, is that they draw a direct link between nutrition, gardening and health in rural communities.
They teach individuals about agriculture and nutrition, aid them is starting gardens and steer projects that lead to sustainability, community enrichment and better health. This simple structure leaves residents with both knowledge and access to good food - and that, in a nutshell, is DIG.
So here's where I step in: DIG is in the course of creating a nutrition manual that will teach the basics of balanced meals, health-specific info (such as for those who are pregnant, or have AIDS), as well as garden specific recipes that show how to use their sustainable crops.
I'll be photographing and documenting the recipe portion of the handbook, which is basically the coolest thing ever. And FYI this is not your grandmother's Betty Crocker Cookbook - these dishes consist of jackfruit, eggplant and fish stews, coconut and root vegetables galore...
To this great honor, I have one thing to say: count me in.
Since I just so happened to have the ingredients on-hand for one of the recipes, I went ahead and gave it a whirl - and it was downright fantastic (if I may say so myself).
Rainbow Chard with Boiled Beets