Decatur is Growing Gardeners

We are an urban farming initiative in Decatur, IL. Our purpose is to create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for low-income residents through growing vegetables and fruits sustainably. Produce from DIGG and partner gardens is sold at market, donated to food pantries, and shared with growers and community members.

Get Involved

Learn how you can help Decatur grow healthy, sustainable food by volunteering or becoming a grower yourself!

Tour Our Gardens

Take an online tour of D.I.G.G.'s produce gardens and find out where they're located so you can see them in person.

Check for Events

Check our calendar for upcoming events, including master classes, member meetings, and volunteer days.

Latest News

Free Vegetable and Herb Growing Classes Announced

Registration required. Call 620-9077 or e-mail
All classes start at 5 p.m at Decatur Public Library-130 N. Franklin

Feb 25 - Microgreens Growing and using nutritious baby plants

  • taught by Betty Moser

March 10 - Basic Vegetable Growing Planning, Selection, Production

  • taught by Frank Grgurich

March 17 - Garden Fertility & Composting Crop Rotation, Weed Conrol

  • taught by Frank Grgurich

March 24 - Tomato Cages & Rain Barrels

  • taught by Frank Grgurich

March 31 - The Secrets of Growing Great Tomatoes

  • taught by Rcihard Zerfowski

April 21 - Herbs How to grow and use herbs in cooking.

  • taught by Betty Moser

April 28 - Urban Farming

  • taught by Dave McLaughlin, Dir. of Horticulture, RCC

Sponsered by Decatur is Growing Gardeners (DIGG), Inc., and taught by Master Gardeners, University of Illinois Extension.

DIGG Needs Your Help for 2014!

Decatur Is Growing Gardeners (DIGG) has just completed its fifth season of working throughout the community, educating and helping people grow their own fresh and healthy vegetables. Plans are underway to advance our mission further in 2014, and we need your help!

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Your financial contribution will help DIGG carry on with its economic development initiative of creating urban farmers.

Our outreach work has been documented in several articles in the Herald & Review and Decatur Magazine. Fresh vegetables grown by DIGG or its community partner, Macon Resources, were sold at local Farmer's Markets, and we also sponsored and taught vegetable-growing and food-preservation classes. Your donation will go directly to programming, materials and equipment that will be used throughout Decatur and Macon County.

Your dollars will buy:

  • Seeds and soil
  • Program materials for Camp Sokkia gardens at the Y
  • Hand and garden tools
  • Storage shed for equipment
  • New tent to be used at Farmer's Markets
  • Kitchen and canning equipment for food-preservation classes

Please help us to help people feed themselves and their families. Donations may be made by check to DIGG, 412 W. Prairie Ave., Decatur, IL 62522, or securely online through the PayPal link at

For additional information, contact Diana Morrow at or Sue Hemp at

DIGG is a non-profit organization (501c3) and your donation is tax-deductible.


DIGG, Extension teach how to cook from pantry staples Herald Reivew

DECATUR — Fresh squash and tomatoes are temporarily plentiful, if they were rescued from the garden before the first frost this week, that is. Combined with pantry staples, they can be the ingredients of meals that are hearty, healthy and easy on the budget, as demonstrated by Sharna Reif during a free cooking class sponsored by Decatur Is Growing Gardeners (DIGG). Read More on

DIGG partnerships spread wealth of vegetables Herald Reivew

DECATUR — Diana Anders, 30, of Decatur and Michele Armistead, 41, of Pana each wish they could grow vegetables at their respective group homes. That’s why they’re among 15 clients who have poured themselves into the new garden on the west lawn of Macon Resources Inc. “It’s fun,” Anders said. Read More on