The Project

Digging Deep, a 1-year international project, explored urban gardening and how it can be used in the framework of youth work. Youngsters (especially with fewer opportunities), partner organisations (CESIE, CANGO, IYEC, KID PiNA) and other civil society organisations from China, Ghana, Italy and Slovenia, discovered and promoted issues of health and sustainability.


  • to improve the mobility of young people and youth workers, as well as youth employability;
  • to promote youth empowerment and active participation:
  • to promote cooperation and the exchange of experience and good practice in the field of youth and non-formal education;
  • to develop sustainable partnerships and networks between youth organisations.


9 participants for each partner country, including young agronomists, educators and comic artists, plus all other people directly or indirectly involved by in the project.


  • Kick-off meeting in Beijing (China), on January 2014;
  • International workshops on urban gardening in Palermo (Italy) on April 2014 and in Accra (Ghana) on October 2014;
  • 6 local gardening workshops;
  • Local community event in China, Italy and Slovenia;
  • International Harvest Festival in Accra (Ghana) on October 2014;
  • Final meeting in Accra (Ghana) on October 2014.


  • Non-formal activities;
  • Learning by doing;
  • Learning by teaching;
  • Cooperative learning;
  • Intercultural learning;
  • Non-formal learning;
  • Active participation of young people.

Tangible results:

  • Public and private urban gardens in four partner countries;
  • Urban Gardening Handbook (600 hard-copies and digital);
  • Digging Deep Website
  • Online community platform of urban gardeners;
  • 2 online newsletters


  • Exchange through mobility and non-formal activities;
  • Improving employability through acquisition of individual and professional skills;
  • Networking between partners by promoting capacity building and future cooperation;
  • Awareness about food production, healthier contact with nature and sustainable living;
  • Enriching the youth work practices with new tools for youth participation and social inclusion.