City Schoolyard Garden Upcoming Events

Charlottesville Food Justice Roundtable Discussion -Tuesday, August 15th from 1:00-3:00pm at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Join the Charlottesville Food Justice Network in a roundtable discussion exploring the historical roots of inequity in the Charlottesville food system and our framework for moving toward food justice.


8th Annual Harvest Festival at Buford Middle School -Friday, September 15th, 5:30-7:30pm

We are so excited to host another Fall Harvest Festival—an evening of friends, family, music, food and activities with youth led tours, an apple cider press, a delicious harvest meal and more. Save the date!

If you are interested in volunteering for the event, you can sign up by clicking here!


Virginia Farm to School Week: October 2-5

8724a26a-9268-41e6-9ff5-8de1dbd95f5eThe week of October 2nd – 5th is the Virginia Farm to School Week in schools around Charlottesville and across the state. At the CSG gardens, we host goat visits, farm field-trips, garden lessons, and more! Check out our blog to see pictures from last year and learn more about this event!



Partner Events

Souper Monday’s with The Healthy Ladle – August 7th

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 August 7th. The featured soups will be Gazpacho and Blueberry soup, both chilled, vegetarian soups.

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

First Peas to the Table -CSG’s Friendly Competition

The 2017 First Peas to the Table competition resulted in a tie with Burnley-Moran and Jackson-Via first graders bringing in the heartiest pea crop. Congratulations! See the detailed results and more photos here.

Buford Grown Spring Seedlings Give-Away – May 4-5

Buford Middle School students outdid themselves with the 2017 Spring Seedling Project where garden aides and students grew over 9,000 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 were delivered to the seven CSG gardens and over a dozen local urban agriculture projects. Congratulations Buford gardeners! Check out our 2016 Buford Spring Seedling blog with details about the project.


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

We had a beautiful celebration at the City Schoolyard Garden at Burnley-Moran Elementary. The sweetest part of the night goes to the youth tour guides who spoke with such knowledge and enthusiasm about the habitats in their diverse garden design. Read more about the winners at the 2017 Root Celebration blog.

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.

Alice Waters, Joel Salatin & The Kitchen Sisters on “Farming The Earth, Cultivating Humanity”


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 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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