Virginia Farm to School Week with City Schoolyard Garden

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Virginia Farm to School Week with City Schoolyard Garden

20160929_102252City Schoolyard Garden celebrated Virginia Farm to School week with Charlottesville City Schools (CCS) on October 3 to 7, 2016.  Students at the six elementary schools, Buford Middle School, and Charlottesville High School celebrated the week with various fun activities.  CSG partnered with the CCS Nutrition Department and the Local Food Hub to offer a tasty Farm to School lunch menu, including several dishes that were cooked from scratch and sourced locally.

“Alice” the Goat from Casa Alma visited students at Jackson-Via Elementary and Burnley-Moran Elementary and goats from Caromont Farms visited students at Clark Elementary.  The students learned about what goats eat, how they live, and how their organic waste benefits gardens and farms.  Students also had the opportunity to sample goat cheese; many tried it for the first time and loved it!

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Chickens from Casa Alma visited with students at Johnson Elementary School.  The students were thrilled to chase the chickens around the garden and used a mortar and pestle to grind corn for feed.  One student learned that if she calmly approached the chicken, she could just scoop it up!

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Thirty-five students from Buford Middle School hopped on a bus with City Schoolyard Garden for a visit to Vanguard Ranch in Louisa County, where students met with Farmer Renard Turner. The students were able to hear from an experienced farmer about his goats and organic vegetable and herb production.

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Charlottesville is lucky to be surrounded in numerous local farms, and it is great to be able to connect and expose youth to agriculture which is within their reach!

Check out the NBC 29 news piece on “Alice” the Goat’s visit to Jackson-Via Elementary!