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Thank you to our interns

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in CSG's Gardens | 0 comments

CSG is so lucky to have worked with a cadre of dedicated, skilled, kind and fun interns this year. Every day they’ve amazed us with their generosity and it’s been a pleasure to have such bright and thoughtful young people working with us. Take a minute to hear what they have to say about their time at CSG at their blog and help us express our deep gratitude for their volunteer service. Olivia: This year at CSG, I have had the opportunity to work on a number of awesome projects. My core responsibilities were supporting the Food...

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Root: The 2017 Golden Trowel Awards

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Sponsors | 0 comments

Root: The 2017 Golden Trowel Awards

On April 27th, City Schoolyard Garden hosted Root! at Burney-Moran Elementary to honor and recognize the contributions of our partners in education and in the community. Those who have gone above and beyond in support of the gardens were awarded Golden Trowels and Golden Beets. The evening air carried springtime scents and music from local band The Old-Time Snake Milkers. Guests were treated to food and drink by such local businesses as Pearl Island Foods, Caribe Juice, Blue Ridge Bucha and Whole Foods Market. They were also treated to...

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An Exciting Year in the Johnson Garden

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | 0 comments

An Exciting Year in the Johnson Garden

Rick Harden is the Garden Coordinator at Johnson ES. Below is his account of the year so far and the progress that the Johnson Garden has made. This year, the Johnson Garden has been busier than ever. And although we have a lot going on across the board, there is one area in particular I am excited to highlight this year: the kindergartners. For several years now, I have been privileged to work with a particularly engaged group of teachers at Johnson. This year, the kindergarten teachers enlisted me, and committed themselves, to stepping up...

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Walker Upper Elementary Students Serve at the April 2017 Harvest of the Month

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Walker Upper Elementary Students Serve at the April 2017 Harvest of the Month

Walker Upper Elementary Students Serve at the April 2017 Harvest of the Month

“How many of you have tried arugula before?” We saw fewer hands go up than you’d think. Arugula, or “rocket salad”, doesn’t typically find its way onto the kid’s menu. It’s known by chefs, foodies, and farmers alike for its bold, peppery flavor, uniquely shaped leaves, and dense nutritional content. Arugula is typically found in salads, on sandwiches or pizzas, and in pesto sauces. For our April 2017 Harvest of the Month, City Schoolyard Garden (CSG) teamed up with the Local Food Hub and Louisa...

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Farewell to City Schoolyard Garden

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Farewell to City Schoolyard Garden

Farewell to City Schoolyard Garden

By Kim Nguyen, CSG Program Coordinator I have come to the place where I must say “farewell” to City Schoolyard Garden. As my time ends at this organization, I’ve had a chance to openly reflect upon CSG and what it has meant to me. CSG was the first introduction I had to the non-profit world, a world that focuses its resources on promoting the public good. CSG works to build the local community. Unlike my previous work experiences in environmental consulting or retail, this was not about increasing revenue or enriching those who already...

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Worms at Clark and Jackson-Via!

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Worms at Clark and Jackson-Via!

Worms at Clark and Jackson-Via!

Slimy, squirmy, squiggly worms! This spring, students at Clark and Jackson-Via Elementary got to learn all about worms. When asked, “who here likes worms?”, about half of the students raised their hands. The other half grimaced and closed their eyes. I get it, worms are weird. We see them everywhere: in our soil, on the sidewalk after a heavy rain, and buried in rotting logs and leaves. But what do we really know about worms? In our worm lesson with the afterschool clubs and first grade classes, we dug a little deeper. Students learned...

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Buford’s FACS Class Preserves the Harvest

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Buford’s FACS Class Preserves the Harvest

Buford’s FACS Class Preserves the Harvest

One of our favorite wintertime non-garden, garden-related units is partnering with Marcy Wisbauer’s Family and Consumer Science (FACS) class to learn about food preservation.  It is just one of three units Ms. Wisbauer teaches as part of her yearlong 8th grade curriculum that ties to the garden (the others are her fall Veggie Cook-Off unit and her spring Garden-to-Table unit). Students begin the preservation unit through a discussion of why it is important to preserve our food and by learning the different methods of preservation...

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Meet Our New Board Members: Rosemary, Juandiego, and Andrea!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Meet Our New Board Members: Rosemary, Juandiego, and Andrea!

Meet Our New Board Members: Rosemary, Juandiego, and Andrea!

The community of generous and creative individuals that make up City Schoolyard Garden continues to grow with the addition of three new members to our amazing board—Juandiego Wade, Rosemary Mahoney, and Andrea Ruedy Trimble. Juan has been involved with CSG since we our first spark and was the catalyst that connected Linda Winecoff, CSG Founder, and Eric Johnson, Principal at Buford Middle School. Rosemary has been volunteering with CSG for 3 years now, donating her strategic planning consulting skills to shape our Board retreats. Andrea...

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The Magic of Kay Ferguson and Lilly Bechtel

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Magic of Kay Ferguson and Lilly Bechtel

The Magic of Kay Ferguson and Lilly Bechtel

When I first started with CSG in 2013, the organization had just leapt from one to seven gardens and the team was working hard to catch up to the energy and enthusiasm generated by engaging Charlottesville city youth in schoolyard gardens. It was exciting and a little overwhelming to strategize building sustainable funding and infrastructures to support that growth. One afternoon, Lisa Drake took me out a country road to visit Kay Ferguson, and I entered the enchantment of her presence and the beautiful piece of land for which she lovingly...

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Let’s Welcome Emily Koester!

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Let’s Welcome Emily Koester!

Let’s Welcome Emily Koester!

City Schoolyard Garden welcomes Emily Koester as the new CSG Garden Coordinator for Venable Elementary School! CSG is pleased to bring Emily onboard this past winter. Not only is she a native to Charlottesville, she is also a veteran volunteer in the Venable Garden and a Venable alumnus!  Besides taking on the role of Garden Coordinator, she wears various hats including that of a mother of a Venable student, postpartum doula, editor of search and rescue books and is also an aspiring Master’s student at UVA’s School of Nursing.  She...

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