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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 | 0 comments

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 Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 Uncategorized | 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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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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