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About Dig Deeper

Come explore ways to grow, harvest, share and repurpose food in community and advocate for a more just food system. Dig Deeper will provide opportunities for young adults to produce and share nutritious foods with others while learning techniques and practices that reclaim land and restore habitats. 

Dig Deeper is a food justice initiative made possible by a grant from The Episcopal Church’s Young Adult and Campus Ministry to Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Saint Mark’s is partnering with the Diocese of Olympia and Nurturing Roots Farm to create opportunities for young adults to participate in the work of food justice. 

Upcoming Events 

  • Meal Prep for Edible Hope – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (5:30 pm, Edible Hope) – Each day Edible Hope serves up to 120 meals a day. Come help meal prep for their meal service with other young adults from St. Luke’s Ballard. Tasks will vary by the menu that week but there will be lots of opportunities to chop, dice and season food. Sign up by emailing Emily Meeks ( 
  • Feast of St. Francis – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 3 pm (Leffler Garden, Saint Mark’s) – Prior to the liturgy and Blessing of the Animals, we’ll have an opportunity to learn about composting from Nyema Clark of Nurturing Roots and the City of Seattle’s Master Composter/Sustainability Steward Program. Healthy snacks and refreshments provided


Save These Dates!

  • Soup and Substance Tuesday, October 17, 12:30 – 1:30 pm *
  • Farm Service Day Saturday, October 21, 10 am – 1 pm – Location TBD; a catered lunch by Nurturing Roots provided*
  • Eco-theology Poetry Reading Winter 2024*
  • Serving Meals for Unsheltered Neighbors February 2024*
  • Farm Service Day Saturday, April 13, 2024, 10 am – 1 pm – Location TBD; a catered lunch by Nurturing Roots provided*

*In collaboration with Seattle University Campus Ministry

In the News…

‘They just need land’: young farmers struggle to find affordable acreage

The Guardian, April 22, 2023

Between 1910 and 1997, Black farmers lost approximately 90% of the farmland they owned. To this day…Black farmers continue to be exploited by local-level credit lenders, making it difficult for them to access and maintain ownership of land. Today, 97% of farmland is owned by white people. These systemic barriers make it disproportionately challenging for young Black farmers to access land and capital.

Past Events In Collaboration with Nurturing Roots Farm:

Other Past Events

  • Breakfast at Edible Hope –  On July 3, young adults from Saint Mark’s Cathedral and St. Luke’s, Ballard, served breakfast to our unsheltered neighbors in Ballard. Learn more about Edible Hope or consider purchasing an item from their Amazon Wish List.
  • Tent City and 20s/30s Meal Night – Again this summer Saint Mark’s Cathedral hosted Tent City on campus and provided hot meals on Sunday evenings. On July 9, 20s/30s members and Tent City Captain Connor Harrison prepared and served a meal for our Tent City friends.

Dig Deeper Goals:  

  • Listen deeply and participate in transformative work of urban farming regardless of experience or background (Way of Love, “Go”). 
  • Take time to pause, listen and consider how food practices can reflect Christ in how we cultivate diversity, stewardship and support the land (Way of Love, “Turn”). 
  • Create time to dwell intentionally with God in Creation  (Way of Love, “Pray”).
  • Reflect on scripture that connects to the restoration of loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with all of Creation  (Way of Love, “Learn”). 
  • Put love into action by working alongside those in our community who are participating in this work already, to bring good news to our neighbors for conversation and fellowship (Way of Love, “Bless”). 

Get in touch

Questions? Interested in learning more? Email Emily Meeks

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