Alice Waters, Garden Reception, Farming the Earth….all in one week!

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Alice Waters, Garden Reception, Farming the Earth….all in one week!

City Schoolyard Garden was some kind of lucky when we were invited to moderate a panel as part of the National Endowment on Humanities 50th Anniversary Celebration. The panel, Farming the Earth, Cultivating Humanity explored themes around what it means to eat and farm ethically.

The discussion can be viewed on the Human/Ties & CSG Facebook pages. Our wonderful and inspiring speakers were Alice Waters (Edible Schoolyard Project), Joel Salatin (Polyface Farm) and The Kitchen Sisters -Davis Nelson & Nikki Silva. In addition to the panel, students from Charlottesville High School, partners from the Charlottesville Food Justice Network, and Joel Salatin’s chickens got to attend as special guests.

Farming the Earth, Cultivating Humanity Panel


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And if that wasn’t enough, Alice Waters was our special guest at Buford Middle School and as CSG & Charlottesville City Schools hosted a launch party for the CSG Charlottesville High School garden. What a week!

City Schoolyard Garden at Buford Middle School

Photos by Sarah Cramer Shields, Cramer Photography

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It was so sweet to be in this beautiful garden space with Peter Davis, CSG Garden Coordinator at Charlottesville High School, who has been building the garden with his students for the past three years. CCS Administration showed up in full force too, including: Dr. Rosa Atkins (Superintendent), Mr. Jim Henderson (Associate Superintendent), Mr. Carlton Jones (Nutrition Director), Dr. Eric Irizarry (CHS Principal), Ms. Stephanie Carter (Director Lug0-McGinniss Academy), Dr. Susan Ramsey (Science Curriculum Coordinator), Dr. Sherry Kraft (School Board). Thank you all for helping host the launch of this garden space.


City Schoolyard Garden at Charlottesville High School

Photos by Sarah Davis, Peter & Sarah Davis Photography

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The Healthy Ladle – Cate Whittington prepared a delicious menu of Harvest of the Month items and laid it out beautifullyCSG is especially grateful to the partners who helped host the reception and panel:

Local Food Hub – Provided last minute local produce for the National Endowment on Humanities panel and also worked with local growers for our reception food.

Trinity Episcopal Bread & Roses – Prepared Watermelon Juice & Ginger-Mint Cucumber Seltzer (amazing!)

PB&J Fund Kitchen  -Worked with youth from their Lugo McGinnis Academy cooking classes to prepare a Peach Salsa for snacking and made jars for everyone to take home.

Parks & Recreation – Loaned us the reception tents.

Photographers – We had several photographers pitch in to take these lovely photos. Sarah Cramer Shields (Cramer Photo), Sarah Davis (Peter & Sarah Davis Photography), Katie Kellett and CCS Student volunteer Sarah.


Harvest of the Month Garden Menu

Photos by Sarah Davis, Peter & Sarah Davis Photography

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Please check out our Facebook page CitySchoolyardGarden for more amazing photos! What a wonderful way to bring in the Autumn Season!

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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.