Once a vibrant growing space, the small school garden had been left untouched for a year and was in need of some serious care! In 2013 a small group of students, staff and community volunteers began a slow and steady effort to clear the six-foot-tall weeds and crumbling infrastructure and has brought us to a point where we now have a 2000 square foot garden consisting of 500 square feet of organic growing beds, fruit trees, outdoor seating, compost bins and a shed. The garden is largely managed by the Garden to Market class which walks students through the process of starting plants from seeds all the way through harvest. The class also helps the students find ways to sell what is grown, teaching them vital job skills along the way. The garden is available to all teachers to use with their classes during the school day, either for instructional purposes involving food or environmental topics or simply providing a quiet place to work outside. Students are also able to join an after school garden club which focuses on food production and raising awareness around food justice issues.
For more information on the Charlottesville High School Schoolyard Garden, please contact our CHS Garden Coordinator, Peter Davis at chs and check out the
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