About Us

At City Schoolyard Garden, we have a vision:  that young people thrive with the opportunity to engage with nature, to enhance their academic learning through hands-on experience, and to cultivate skills for healthy living.

We currently manage eight garden spaces including one at all six Charlottesville public elementary schools, Buford Middle School, and Charlottesville High School. Together, these gardens encompass over 26,383 square feet of diverse organic gardens with over 33,724 student interactions for over 2,818 youth each year.

We asked students and partners to talk about what City Schoolyard Garden means to them, and here is their story.

City Schoolyard Garden is….a video about growing gardens and growing healthy youth



Hear why Gail Heard uses the CSG garden to teach classes and engage youth




Our Mission

City Schoolyard Garden cultivates academic achievement, health, environmental stewardship and community engagement through garden-based, experiential learning and leadership development for Charlottesville youth.

We are a nonprofit organization operating solely on the support of generous individuals, businesses and foundations. Come help us grow!

Download a beautiful map of our gardens, hand-drawn by our founder, Linda Winecoff.  For more information, contact us at 434-260-3274 or grow@cityschoolyardgarden.org.


How To Get Involved


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We’ll keep you updated on garden happenings, special events and volunteer opportunities, and we promise never to spam your inbox.

You can help connect youth with gardens and growing!



Hear why Bill Lanzana & Aleen Carey support CSG.

Hear why Juan Wade & his family supports CSG.