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

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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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Books Give a Boost to Harvest of the Month

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Books Give a Boost to Harvest of the Month

Books Give a Boost to Harvest of the Month

Starting the 2016/2017 school year, City Schoolyard Garden (CSG) began to highlight certain storybooks to accompany the Harvest of the Month program. These storybooks are featured in the Harvest of the Month backpack flyers in the “Reading Together” corner. Check out the backpack flyers on the CSG Harvest of the Month website.  CSG decided to tap into the number of fiction and non-fiction children’s books written with a focus on eating fruits and vegetables or are in a garden setting.  The idea is that tying books...

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March 2017 Harvest of the Month: Stone-Ground Grains

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on March 2017 Harvest of the Month: Stone-Ground Grains

March 2017 Harvest of the Month: Stone-Ground Grains

When people hear stone-ground corn, they often think of tortilla chips or corn tortillas. Most people wouldn’t find stone-ground corn the most appetizing, especially if eaten by itself. Eating stone-ground corn by itself is like tossing a handful of flour in your mouth. It’ll soak up all the saliva in your mouth and cause the most severe dry mouth you’ve ever experienced. Then, you’ll want nothing to do with it ever again. City Schoolyard Garden (CSG) is trying to change the perception on stone-ground corn.  As part...

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Leaders Who Dare-Thanks CSG Board Members

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Leaders Who Dare-Thanks CSG Board Members

Leaders Who Dare-Thanks CSG Board Members

City Schoolyard Garden launched in the spring of 2010 when Linda Winecoff pulled together a dynamic team of community members – passionate about starting a schoolyard garden in Charlottesville City Schools. Many people played a role in those early years and many gave hours and hours of heart and hands, ideas and dreams, collaboration and strategy to grow. A handful of those volunteers, stayed on to guide our organizational growth and became our first Board of Directors. With the turn of 2017 new year, almost seven years after we...

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Collaboration with CNE

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Collaboration with CNE

Collaboration with CNE

If you’re a non-profit in the Charlottesville area, you are lucky enough to benefit from the resources at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE). The CNE provides consulting, training, tools and resources to Charlottesville non-profits with one goal in mind – “to build, nurture and promote strong community.” The CNE has worked with a wide variety of non-profits in the area, and City Schoolyard Garden has been a member since we first formed. Through CNE’s many programs, they have provided impactful assistance...

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and the Future of Food Justice with Bryant Terry

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and the Future of Food Justice with Bryant Terry

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and the Future of Food Justice with Bryant Terry

Promising new partnerships between the University and Community Groups The month of January bought new collaborations for the Charlottesville Food Justice Network (CFJN). On January 18th, CFJN teamed up with the University of Virginia Office for Sustainability to host a powerful activist in the food justice movement, Bryant Terry. Bryant Terry is a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award-winning chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. Currently, he resides at the Museum of...

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Our RootEd Reboot!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Our RootEd Reboot!

Our RootEd Reboot!

It’s easy to see how engaging youth in the garden helps cultivate healthy living skills. Youth are more likely to eat what they grow! But, did you know that students are also getting a boost is lessons that are key to their academic and social learning? After 2 years of using our Educational Roots Framework—RootEd™ to guide our activities, lessons, classes, field trips, summer internships and program expansions, we decided to reboot it with some changes that more clearly articulate our vision around student learning and...

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Preparing Peas for Planting!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing Peas for Planting!

Preparing Peas for Planting!

Our annual First Peas to the Table contest is fast-approaching, and our first grade students are gearing up to compete in March! First Peas to the Table is a friendly competition among the first-graders at all six elementary schools to see who can produce peas the fastest. As we prepare for this yearly favorite, we are looking back at some of the methods our students have used in past years to prepare their peas to grow.    1. Last year, some of our students placed fish in the ground underneath the seeds. This is a practice that was...

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