How Dig Deep Farms Started
Good food can change the world. Healthy produce can provide the common denominator that binds people together and builds stronger communities. Building a successful social enterprise dedicated to realizing these beliefs is not pie in the sky, but rather the nutritional requirement to sustain democracy.
Dig Deep Farms is a social enterprise, a network of integrated food businesses, started in 2010 by residents of the Ashland and Cherryland communities of unincorporated Alameda County, California in partnership with the local Sheriff’s Office and the non-profit Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League (DSAL). Residents wanted to start community gardens. The Sheriff’s Office wanted to reduce crime and recidivism. Dig Deep Farms blossomed from the alchemy between the two.
Dig Deep Farms is methodically building the capacity to grow enough fresh, healthy, affordable local fruits and vegetables to feed a growing share of the people of Alameda County and beyond. This share, valued at $5 million, will generate 30 to 40 jobs in farming, food services, logistics and retail operations. Currently 7 team members grow healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables and sell their produce to community residents and other customers. Dig Deep uses no chemical fertilizers or pesticides and is pursuing its USDA Organic Certification.