City Schoolyard Garden Upcoming Events

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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

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 2.57.52 PMBuford 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.


Saturday’s At Sticks in May -Every Saturday, All May – 2017!

Every Saturday in May, our friends at Sticks Kebob Shop host a fundraiser for City Schoolyard Garden. They want to keep Charlottesville youth growing and learning about healthy food so 10% of all proceeds go to our programs. Join us for a healthy, delicious meal at either Sticks on Pantops or Sticks on Preston each Saturday this May.

Partner Events

Souper Monday’s with The Healthy Ladle – 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. The next Souper Monday will be May 1st. The featured soup will be Minestrone with Basil Pesto, a hearty Italian soup.

Woodland Studios 2017 Spring Art & Jewelry Open House – May 7th

Woodland Studios is hosting an open house on Sunday, May 7th from 1pm to 5pm to showcase their new spring art and jewelry. The event will feature handcrafted hand-painted birdhouses, pieced quilts and other items, paintings, and so much more! Stop by and see what Woodland Studios has to offer; the proceeds from this open house benefit CSG! Please see the flyer for more details.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Workshop – Wednesday’s thru May 9th

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.

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!



Past Events

Root Volunteer & Partner Celebration -2017 Golden Trowel & Golden Beet Awards


Say tuned for more information on this year’s winners . Check out our Facebook Page and our blog to see all the 2016 photos, learn more about who received a 2016 Golden Trowel Award!

City Schoolyard Garden featured on Charlottesville Inside-Out

Tune in to Charlottesville Inside-Out on Thursday, March 30 at 8:30PM or Sunday, April 2 at 12:30PM for a featured segment on City Schoolyard Garden. Watch on WHTJ PBS or online.

Charlottesville Inside-Out is a WHTJ PBS television show that promotes the organizations, people, and places that contribute to our local community.

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

8724a26a-9268-41e6-9ff5-8de1dbd95f5eThe 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 

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 3.08.05 PM 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.
Screen shot 2016-05-18 at 1.17.26 PM 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.




8th Annual Fall Harvest Festival at Buford Middle School is Friday, September 15th, 2017!

Virginia Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week is October 2-6, 2017. Stay tuned for details on our partnership with Charlottesville City Schools Nutrition. 


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