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Johnson Elementary’s New Sensory Garden

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

Johnson Elementary’s New Sensory Garden

by Rick Harden Thanks to the generous support of our community, the Johnson Elementary Garden is proud to unveil our Exploration and Sensory Garden Bed. This bed was designed to be accessible and friendly to children with a variety of sensory abilities. Specifically, we wanted to create a garden space that was as accessible as possible to all of our Johnson community members, including individuals in wheelchairs and those with other disabilities.   During the winter of 2015, we launched this effort and, through the support of many...

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The Fruits (and Veggies!) of Labor Spring From the Venable Garden

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on The Fruits (and Veggies!) of Labor Spring From the Venable Garden

The Fruits (and Veggies!) of Labor Spring From the Venable Garden

Venable students know that the garden is a place for experimentation. This year, students decided to plant a greater diversity of vegetables and change the traditional location of our mainstay vegetables, flowers and herbs...

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Manny, Qena, Aidan and Makayla – The Youth Leaders Behind our Gorgeous Summer Gardens

Posted by on Jul 29, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Manny, Qena, Aidan and Makayla – The Youth Leaders Behind our Gorgeous Summer Gardens

Manny, Qena, Aidan and Makayla – The Youth Leaders Behind our Gorgeous Summer Gardens

This is the second summer of CSG's youth internship program, and this year Emmanuel Quezada-Romero, Qena Taylor, Aidan Charron and Makayla Howard are working hard...

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Racial Equity Training a Launching Point for Charlottesville Food Justice Network

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Featured, Sponsors | Comments Off on Racial Equity Training a Launching Point for Charlottesville Food Justice Network

Racial Equity Training a Launching Point for Charlottesville Food Justice Network

Open Source’s framework asks us to consider racism like a weed with roots that consist of the following; history, resources, rules, stories, and people. These roots are constantly feed our personal experience...

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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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