Dig In! Food & Farming Festival is set to return to Fayetteville for a third year.
The event, intended to inspire and educate folks about the benefits of local food, is set for Feb. 28 – Mar. 2 at the University of Arkansas Global Campus on the Fayetteville square. Organizers estimate that over 600 participants attended the festival in 2012.
This year’s plans include film screenings, classes, and roundtable discussions about local food, as well as a seed swap, vendor fair, food tasting, and a presentation by keynote speaker and rainwater harvesting expert, Brad Lancaster.
Lancaster is known for turning his desert home into an edible urban oasis by harvesting over 100,000 gallons of rainwater in Tuscon, Ariz. His home includes shade trees, abundant gardens, and a thriving landscape that serves as a habitat for wildlife.
“Brad’s message is timely as Northwest Arkansas has faced severe drought in recent years that was very tough on local gardens and farms,” said Leigh Wilkerson, founder of the Dig In!Festival. “He teaches that far beyond the capacity of rain barrels and tanks, the ultimate cache for rainwater is the soil and plants.”
The University of Arkansas Global Campus is located at 2 E. Center St. on the northeast corner of the Fayetteville Square.
For more information, including a tentative schedule of events, visit diginfestival.com.