In 2020, DUG sought feedback from more than 500 stakeholders in order to gain insight into how our community members felt about DUG. The feedback had a common theme: community gardeners and Garden Leaders wanted and needed more of DUG.

Our gardeners asked for more support, education, leadership training, community building, and to ensure equity across the network.

In response, DUG is expanding our program work through a Baseline Infrastructure Initiative (BII).

The Basic Infrastructure Initiative has four key elements: DUG Corps, the Francisco Cordero Apprenticeship, Garden Improvements, and DUG Data. DUG plans to implement and increase this program over the next three years.
The goal of the BII is that every DUG garden thrives with optimal yield. We strongly believe that this will happen with improved people resources and physical resources for each garden, in order to overcome historical challenges.

BII Key outcomes include:

All garden plots are fully utilized.

To achieve this outcome, DUG will provide translators and on-the-ground support for plot applications to overcome language and technology barriers, develop and distribute multilingual resources for DUG mentorship and educational programming, recruit representational leadership at all gardens, and provide support for community-building events including through DUG Corps and paid apprentices.

All gardens meet a baseline physical infrastructure standard.

This entails completing regular repairs and improvements to all gardens, regardless of ability to pay.