Highlights from Greenbrier!

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Highlights from Greenbrier!

A few weeks ago, CSG had the pleasure of hosting a bunch of new (and some familiar) faces in the garden at Greenbrier Elementary for a Cultivate C’Ville Event and Spring Volunteer Orientation!

The clouds parted ways, the sky opened up, and it was a lovely day to meet, talk, and do some awesome work in the garden!

The first part of the afternoon was devoted to a sort of networking session and discussion with friends from the Cultivate C’Ville Urban Farming Network. The event was aimed at introducing folks to other gardeners from around the city, sharing experiences and ideas, and strengthening urban agriculture connections. We discussed the vision behind each of our organizations and we each finished the sentence “I believe in the power of growing food because…” The conversation was rich with some really nutritive take-aways.

Volunteers help to weed the herb beds in the garden at Greenbrier.

Volunteers help to weed the herb beds in the garden at Greenbrier.

Lots of folks came out for CSG's Spring Volunteer Orientation!

Lots of folks came out for CSG’s Spring Volunteer Orientation!

After the networking session and discussion, more folks showed up for CSG’s Spring Volunteer Orientation where we shared the vision and mission behind CSG’s work, talked about the different ways we engage with youth around Charlottesville, and discussed further opportunities for digging in. After talking for a while, Emily Anderson, the Garden Coordinator at Greenbrier, led us in a garden workday where, among other things, we weeded, put in a new wooden bench, and added gravel in and around the newly constructed garden shed.

Sticks Kebob Shop provided some delicious snacks for the event and all in all it was a wonderful afternoon! To hear more about how the volunteer orientation went, check out this news story on NBC29!

Thanks for all the help, dudes!

Thanks for all the help, dudes!

In other news, things have really ramped up at Greenbrier this spring with Garden Coordinator, Emily Anderson, teaching several lessons in the garden each week during the school day and running an after school garden club on Wednesday afternoons.

Students prepare the soil and plant cabbages!

Students in the after school garden club at Greenbrier prepare the soil and plant cabbages!

Digging for earthworms!

Digging for earthworms!

Transplanting cotton into a newly prepared garden bed!

Transplanting cotton into a newly prepared garden bed!

Already, students have planted peas, cabbages, carrots, spinach, onions, lettuce, asparagus, potatoes, cotton, and more! It’s shaping up to be a wonderful growing season in the garden at Greenbrier for students, teachers, and plants alike!