digIN is on Hiatus for 2012

The digIN Committee had another fantastic turnout last fall; thank you everyone for sharing in the fun. Because we don't want to "run out" of farm and home sites, the committee will try to organize this event every other year. 

If you've never heard of digIN, well.......this event highlights why the Decorah area is a leader in green initiatives. The last few events that were held celebrated 
a weekend of green fun including activities like sustainable home and farm tours, film screenings, educational seminars, hands-on activities, live music, amazing local foods and more! 
Home owners, business owners, and experts, share how to bring more “green” into your lifestyle and back into your wallet.

This event is perfect for...
Students in environmental studies or those who have a special interested in sustainability. 

Teachers who might want to bring this information into the classroom.

Families who want to learn and educate their children about the environment.

Anyone who is interested in saving money and wanting to learn how to reduce your carbon footprint.

Here were some 2011 highlights...

Movie Night featuring
Wall-E, a Disney-Pixar Film 
This family-friendly movie carries a great message about environment in a fun way. Sponsored by Decorah Bank & Trust. 

Adventures in Yardening tour
Your parents and grandparents probably had beautiful, lush green gardens full of fruits and vegetables as you were growing up. Remember how much fun it was to help pick fresh foods to cook with? And how absolutely delicious those meals were? Chances are, for one reason or another, you don't have a garden now. But why? 
"DUG," which stands for Decorah Urban Gardens arranged a special tour of four Decorah gardens to show digIN guests just how easy it is to get started and how simple gardens can be to maintain. Whether you live in town or in the country - everyone should be enjoying the simple pleasures of producing your very own food! It's good for your health and it's good for the environment. 
"Decorah Urban Gardens is a volunteer community of gardeners working to improve life via the urban landscape. Their mission is to stimulate the creation of more (and better) gardens of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers by acting as a network of and advocate for urban gardeners. Their projects have ranged from facilitating a garden-mentoring program for new gardeners to pushing for sensible city ordinances." 

Raised Bed Garden Construction
The idea is brilliant and simple; anyone can construct a raised bed garden just about anywhere! It's perfect for people who have poor soil or limited space. 

Pinter's Gardens and Pumpkins 
You will be amazed at all there is to see and do at Pinter's! They are a full service design and installation landscape company, plus garden center, plus bakery, plus tons of kids activities during weekends this fall season! 

Be sure to have a treat from Pinter's Bakery. Not only do they serve sandwiches and paninis, but they have an array of to-die-for fudge, cookies and cupcakes. You will be amazed at all that Pinter's offers, check it all out at PintersGardensandPumpkins.com.

Home Tours
DigIN is always excited to plan a few home tours for the event. Guests can learn how and why these home owners have made a commitment to sustainability and how it has impacted their lives. 

KDEC Green Expo
The KDEC Green Expo is the perfect close to a fabulous weekend. Visitors have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from the experts about local agriculture, sustainable living, conserving energy, saving money, reducing environmental impact and so much more! The Expo offers a variety of educational seminars as well.