City Schoolyard Garden at Buford

The central seating area in Buford's garden

Working in partnership with teachers and administrators at Buford Middle School, CSG designed and installed a 4,000 square foot educational garden on the Buford campus in 2010. The garden at Buford serves as an outdoor classroom with curricular ties to Life Science, Physical Education, English, ESOL, Art, and Civics & Economics. Additionally, after-school cooking and gardening clubs provide opportunities for students to learn about healthy food and garden skills outside of their classroom experience. These programs continue through the summer in cooperation with the Boys & Girls Club, Charlottesville Parks & Recreation, and the Greenstone on 5th Summer Program.

For more information on the Buford Schoolyard Garden, please contact Garden Educator Emily Axelbaum at emily@cityschoolyardgarden.org.

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This Year’s Veg Off Winner is Veggie Fried Rice!

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 | 0 comments

Could we interest you in a little carrot-inspired, veggie fried rice?  It is the winning dish of this year’s VegOff Competition.  The PB&J Fund, Whole Foods, and CSG worked with Mrs. Wisebauer’s Family and Consumer Sciences Class to create two dishes using a secret, “harvest-of-the-month”, garden ingredient.  This year’s ingredient was carrots.  Over three weeks, [...]

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PART TWO – CSG at Buford changes from summer to sleepy fall

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 | 0 comments

So how exactly did Buford’s garden under-go so much change in just a few weeks?  Here is a photo essay depicting the process, ENJOY! First, students come to the garden.  In the first 2 weeks of October, we’ve had ~30 hours of student crews working already.               They’ve harvested [...]

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CSG at Buford changes from summer to sleepy fall

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CSG at Buford changes from summer to sleepy fall

The garden at Buford, like most of the gardens around town, is undergoing a huge shift with the end of September and the coming of the first frost.  After the vibrant, fun-filled Harvest Festival on September 26th at the school, the tomatoes, peppers, corn, and beans have finally stopped weighing down the plants. Sooo, can [...]

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September in the Garden: Cover Crops

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 | 0 comments

September in the Garden: Cover Crops

When a season is finishing and your garden beds have been hard at work, or if you plan to give a bed a rest for a bit, consider planting cover crops. Cover crops are grains or legumes that protect and enhance soil health.  They shield soil from erosion, suppress weeds, add organic matter to soil, [...]

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Volunteers Extraordinaires

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Volunteers Extraordinaires

Though we’ve said it before, I’ll say it again — I’ve been having a great time with our volunteers!  From summer to family workdays, fall orientation, construction projects, and office support, we have a grand and growing group of awesome and enthusiastic friends and supporters to lean on. They’ve helped us as summer garden and [...]

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PE in the Garden

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 | 0 comments

PE in the Garden

At Venable Elementary  School and Buford Middle School students spend time working in their gardens as part of their PE classes.  With research showing that students who grow their own produce are more likely to eat what they grow, the nutritional health benefits of having students spend time in the garden are clear.  Add to [...]

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