September Harvest of the Month: Blackberries

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September Harvest of the Month: Blackberries

Is there anything more representative of these beautiful last few weeks of summer than a delicious, ripe, juicy blackberry freshly picked and grown in Virginia soils? We don’t think so.

The Harvest of the Month program is back in action for the new academic year and this morning students at all six Elementary Schools in Charlottesville snacked on blackberries as the featured crop for September! This year, we will also be spreading out to share the Harvest of the Month at the Charlottesville City School Lugo McGuinness Academy, City of Promise‘s after-school drop in, and Buford Middle School Garden Aide class. Once again, the ability for students to taste these wonderful berries this morning was totally a joint effort. Despite the recent rainy weather, which knocked a lot of Virginia farmer’s blackberries right off of the canes, the Local Food Hub sourced the most beautiful looking (and tasting) berries we have ever seen! A huge thank you to Charlottesville City Schools kitchen staff as well as the CSG volunteers and Garden Coordinators who helped prep thousands of berries at all of the schools this morning. And a shout out to our partners with the Harvest of the Month publications including rock paper scissors (layout), CCS Printing (backpack flyers), Thomas Jefferson Health District (printing posters) & Whitney McDermott (illustrations). We couldn’t have done it without you!

Students will go home this afternoon with information about this month’s Harvest of the Month crop in the form of “backpack flyers,” which provide nutritional, culinary, and growing information about blackberries including what vitamins they contain, how they grow, and how they can be eaten. Be sure to visit City Schoolyard Garden’s website for more information about this exciting and collaborative program.

Here a few photos from this morning’s snack delivery:

 

From left to right: Wanda Marsh and Teresa Snow (manager) of Venable Child Nutrition and CSG volunteer, Ashley Crank.

From left to right: Wanda Marsh and Teresa Snow (manager) of Venable Child Nutrition and CSG volunteer, Ashley Crank.

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Students at Burnley-Moran from Rachel Savoy Caldwell’s class above.

 

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City of Promise is growing a wonderful garden at their community center on 8th & Page. Here are some photos of their youth enjoying the blackberries and showing off the backpack flyer with all kinds of berry data!

P.S. Once again – huge shout out to Whitney McDermott for her beautiful blackberry illustration!