Planting seeds: Zambia AIDS clinic garden projects




Larisa Jacobson, University of California, Davis


DIG’s mission is to improve the nutrition and health of HIV‐affected and at‐risk
populations through sustainable gardening. DIG trains people in agriculture and nutrition in order to empower communities to meet their own needs. For individuals that suffer simultaneously from HIV/AIDS, poverty, and malnutrition, more than just antiretroviral therapy is needed. By building community gardens with HIV/AIDS support groups, DIG has created a sustainable model to increase nutrition, improve physical health, increase community capital, and raise involvement in hospital activities. Larisa Jacobson is providing technical agriculture expertise for this project through monthly consultations. Together, they are developing horticultural curricula and a garden manual.