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First Peas First!–First Peas to the Table Celebration

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on First Peas First!–First Peas to the Table Celebration

First Peas First!–First Peas to the Table Celebration

We had a very exciting, morning on Wednesday celebrating a first for City Schoolyard Garden. For the first time we had two winners during the First Peas to the Table competition! First Peas to the Table is a friendly competition between the six elementary schools inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s competition that he had with his neighbors. With Thomas Jefferson’s version whoever could harvest the first bowl of peas had to host the rest of the competing farmers for dinner. In ours, the three largest peas from each school were picked and...

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Seedlings and Opportunities Take Root in the CHS Garden

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Seedlings and Opportunities Take Root in the CHS Garden

Seedlings and Opportunities Take Root in the CHS Garden

Charlottesville High School Garden Coordinator Peter Davis sounds off on his time at the garden and the accomplishments made in the past school year: Wrapping up the school year can easily turn into a real whirlwind.  As a teacher at Charlottesville High School, I have to take care of students’ final exams and state testing as well as the end of year procedures to enter grades, file reports, and clean up the classroom.  As a Garden Coordinator with City Schoolyard Garden, it means mulching the garden for summer and getting plants growing...

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New Roots Field Trip for Buford ESOL and Garden Aide Students

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on New Roots Field Trip for Buford ESOL and Garden Aide Students

Last week, Buford ESOL and Garden Aide students visited with Elizabeth Moore and Brooke Ray from the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) New Roots Farm next to Azalea Park.  Check out Garden Aide Amelia’s blog on their visit below! ~ Emily   A group of students arrived at the International Rescue Committee’s New Roots Farm where refugees and immigrants receive a plot of land to grow and sell produce.  They have come to see how gardening helps the community and how to manage a plot this...

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English Peas at the School Year’s Final Harvest of the Month

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on English Peas at the School Year’s Final Harvest of the Month

English Peas at the School Year’s Final Harvest of the Month

When you first think of peas, you might think of the mushy vegetable you get in a can or frozen in bags. The ones that you rolled around your plate and that you had to eat before you left the table when you were young. Today, for the final Harvest of the Month of the school year, we washed and distributed 400 pounds of raw English Peas to the students in the Charlottesville City Schools.  City Schoolyard Garden (CSG) teamed up with the Local Food Hub and Charlotte County’s Goldman Farms to serve over 2,800 youth samples of English Peas....

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El Viaje a la Granja con Kyle de Twenty Paces Farm

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on El Viaje a la Granja con Kyle de Twenty Paces Farm

El Viaje a la Granja con Kyle de Twenty Paces Farm

Ayer trenta y siete estudiantes, tres adultos y yo fuimos a Twenty Paces Farm para visitar con Kyle Kilduff quien es uno de los granjeros allí.  Odalis Aviles-Hererra es uno de las Ayudantes de Jardín de Buford y ella ha descrito su experiencia aquí.  ¡Espero que disfruten su descripción! (Yesterday thirty-seven students, three chaperones and I went to Twenty Paces Farm to visit with Kyle Kilduff who is one of the farmers there.  Odalis Aviles-Hererra is one of the Buford Garden Aides and she has described her experience here.  I hope...

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Thank you to our interns

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Thank you to our interns

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 | Comments Off on Root: The 2017 Golden Trowel Awards

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 | Comments Off on An Exciting Year in the Johnson Garden

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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