City Schoolyard Garden Upcoming Events
First Peas to the Table -CSG’s Friendly Competition
First graders from all six Charlottesville Elementary Schools are preparing their garden beds for this year’s First Peas to the Table friendly competition. In the tradition of Thomas Jefferson, students put their minds to the test in choosing the best methods to grow peas. For the next few months, students will track their crop’s progress and the first school to have a hearty pea harvest will win an engraved Jefferson Cup. To find out which schoolyard garden grew the largest peas and took home the past year’s awards visit our blog post and First Peas webpage.
Buford Grown Spring Seedlings Give-Away – May 4-5 @ Buford
Buford Middle School is gearing up for this year’s Spring Seedling Project where garden aides and students are growing 6,000 vegetable and herb transplants. From seed trays in their classroom, to starts in the hoophouse, to plants for families to take home to their gardens. The seedlings will be delivered to the seven CSG gardens and over a dozen local urban agriculture projects. Congratulations Buford gardeners! Remaining plants will be available for a donation on May 4th & 5th from 4:00-6:00pm at Buford Middle School, 1000 Cherry Avenue (in front of the circle). Check out our 2016 Buford Spring Seedling blog with details about the project.
City Schoolyard Garden featured on Charlottesville Inside-Out
Charlottesville Inside-Out is a WHTJ PBS television show that promotes the organizations, people, and places that contribute to our local community.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Workshop
Live Well, Virginia! is hosting a workshop at the Greene County Community Senior Center on Wednesdays from April 4th to May 9th. The workshops will be held from 11AM to 1:30PM. The workshop will equip participants with techniques for dealing with symptoms of chronic disease such as stress, fatigue and pain, share pointers for healthy diet and exercise, and so much more! Check out their flyer for more information on these valuable and FREE workshops.
Free Safe Food Handling Classes
The Thomas Jefferson Health Department is offering two short FREE classes on safe food handling on March 13 and March 27, 2017 from 5:30PM to 8:00PM. If you prepare or serve food to the public, consider attending one of the classes! Please see the flyer for more information.
Souper Monday’s with The Healthy Ladle -next gathering, May 1st
Cate Whittington, one of CSG’s founding Board members, hosts a monthly gathering of friends for soup and salad – Souper Monday’s. Born out of Cate’s love of gardening, teaching and gathering community together, these dinners are a great way to get to know your neighbors and support engaging youth in gardening. All proceeds are donated to CSG programs. Check out Healthy Ladle‘s Souper Mondays.
Garden Tuesdays at Petit Pois – Every Tuesday
City Schoolyard Garden is so honored to partner with Petit Pois Restaurant in Charlottesville for Garden Tuesdays. On Tuesdays throughout the year, Petit Pois will donate $1 per dinner purchase and $.50 per lunch purchase to CSG to help support our programs. Long committed to featuring fresh, local produce on their menu, Petit Pois is a wonderful and generous partner for CSG. Come on out on Tuesdays for a delicious lunch or dinner and support CSG as the same time!
Community Voices – Virginia Tech with Jeanette Abi-Nader & Kim Niewolny- February 22nd
On February 22nd, Jeanette headed to Virginia Tech to give a talk for Community Voices, an organization that invites leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to provide information about their leadership roles and the impact they have had on the communities they serve. Jeanette paired up with Kim Niewolny, Associate Professor in Agricultural Leadership and Community Education, to dialogue about “Exploring Whole Measures in Community Food Systems.”
“To Your Health” with Aleen and Jeanette – Saturday, February 11th
Saturday, February 11, Aleen Carey, CSG Board Chair (shown here), and Jeanette Abi-Nader, CSG Executive Director, were on the WPVC radio show “To Your Health,” hosted by M.C. Blair, from 11am until 12pm. The show recently featured an interview with Todd Niemeier from the Urban Agricultural Collective of Charlottesville in which he talked about urban gardens and their impact on local residents. You can find that interview here! Aleen and Jeanette discussed their work with City Schoolyard Garden and how CSG impacts the Charlottesville community. You can find that interview here!
Stirring Up Food Justice with Bryant Terry – Wednesday, January 18th
Bryant Terry, a 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award-winning chef, educator, and author was invited to Charlottesville as part of UVA Office for Sustainability’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. His insights on providing healthy food choices for all while cooking up examples of his signature Afro-Vegan cuisine we thought provoking. Visit the Facebook event page or webpage for more info. The talk was followed by a panel discussion with local food justice leaders- from the Charlottesville Food Justice Network.
Virginia Farm to School Week: October 3rd – 7th
The week of October 3rd – 7th was the Virginia Farm to School Week, which happened in schools around Charlottesville and across the state. At the CSG gardens, we hosted goat visits, farm field-trips, garden lessons, and more! Check out our blog to see pictures and learn more about this past event!
7th Annual Harvest Festival at Buford Middle School
Friday, September 23rd we enjoyed an evening of friends, family, music, food and activities during our 7th Annual Harvest Festival at Buford Middle School! Attracting more than 400 attendees, the night was something to remember, as CSG was able to promote one of our foundational values, Community. The Harvest Festival would not have been possible without the help of our many sponsors, volunteers, and Charlottesville City School partners.
Alice Waters, Joel Salatin & The Kitchen Sisters on “Farming The Earth, Cultivating Humanity” panel
Garden Reception at Charlottesville High School with Alice Waters and CHS students
On September 16, 2016, Alice Waters, Joel Salatin & The Kitchen Sisters spoke at the National Endowment for the Humanities’ panel entitled “Farming The Earth, Cultivating Humanity,” in which panelists discussed thoughts about ethics and food. The panel was moderated by Jeanette Abi-Nader and the Charlottesville Food Justice Network hosted an information table. Missed it? Check out a video of it here! If that wasn’t exciting enough – Alice, CCS Administrators, CHS students Ernesto & Makayla and many CSG Friends and partners helped us launch the CHS garden with a garden reception and peach tree planting. See the story in depth on the CSG blog and facebook page.
Virginia School Garden Workshop Series
|City Schoolyard Gardens co-hosted a workshop series this summer for teachers who hope to incorporate garden-based learning into their work in the classroom, or who wish to deepen their understanding if they are already teaching in the garden.|
|The workshops were free, and offered in partnership with Allegheny Mountain Institute’s
Urban Farm at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind and with Mary Baldwin College. The courses were available as part of a graduate course for credit through MBC. The workshops included tours of both AMI’s Urban Garden at VSDB and CSG’s flagship schoolyard garden at Buford Middle School. For more information, click here.
SAVE THE DATE!
This year’s Root! Celebration will be April 27, 2017
On April 21st, 2016 -CSG took time out from our busy and active spring semester to thank our “roots” – all our partners, supporters, donors, volunteers, and team members who help make CSG such a success. The 2016 Root! Celebration was hosted at Venable Elementary School’s sweet urban garden. The event was a sweet opportunity to bring our community together and thank the many hands and hearts who make CSG possible. Check out our Facebook Page and our blog to see all the photos and to learn more about the event and who received a Golden Trowel Award! Our next Root! Celebration will take place on April 27th, 2017 at Burnley-Moran. Hope to see you all there!
Stay in touch with our Facebook page for links to numerous events and activities at www.facebook.com/CitySchoolyardGarden