About Us

At City Schoolyard Garden, youth well-being is the core of all we do. We believe young people thrive with the opportunity to engage in nature, discover through experience, build equity, lead and cultivate healthy living skills. CSG aims to create a healthy and equitable future – personally, in community and across systems and structures.

We do this through City Schoolyard Garden programs, the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville farming and community market and the Charlottesville Food Justice Network advocacy and collaborations.

 

 

 

 

 

At CSG we 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 also farm with UACC on three urban farm plots and share produce through regular community market days. Working in partnership with over 20 food system organizations, we facilitate the Charlottesville Food Justice Network and build food equity initiatives across our city.

 

                                     

 

 

 

 

Our Mission

City Schoolyard Garden cultivates health, academic exploration, environmental stewardship, equity and community 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.


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

For more CSG videos, check out our stories page.

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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!

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tayziana tries baby kale in the Jackson-Via garden

 Manny & Makayla share their story of working in the CSG Garden
 
Shay Shifflett’s talks about her 2nd grade youth leaders

 

We miss seeing our CSG students in the gardens, UACC friends at community markets, and CFJN partners in advocacy. Please know our hearts and minds are with you. We are working to provide coordination for emergency food assistance and to get the gardens robust and ready for your return. In solidarity -Jeanette, Megan, Aleen, Richard, Shantell, Jordan, Shannon, Mackenzie, Sarah, Tami, Yolonda, Leon, Michael, Rick & Peter

Ode From the Garden

It’s quieter now, less traffic, more bees;

more birds in the garden, more buds on the trees.

Our onions are nestled all snug in raised beds,

Along with potatoes like Kennebecs, and Reds.

 

 

Rain falling, birds calling, bugs crawling about,

A gardener keeps gardening when branches branch out.

The sound of Spring rising and cool morning dew,

But there’s one sound we’re missing, and that sound is you.

 

 

Ms Shannon, Ms Sarah, Misters Davis and Harden,

Ms Yolonda, Ms Mackenzie, Farmer Rich in the garden.

Don’t worry, we’ll be here when school starts again,

The CSG Gardeners and all of your friends.

 

 

Please stay in touch with us via facebook and instagram - especially for our exciting launch of Cultivate Charlottesville! You can also donate to support our CFJN emergency food assistance efforts.