C-ville Farm to School and Healthy Schools Week was a Blast!

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C-ville Farm to School and Healthy Schools Week was a Blast!

October 2nd-6th was Farm to School and Healthy Schools Week in Charlottesville, as part of Virginia Farm to School Week. All week long, CSG and our partners hosted and sponsored events in Charlottesville City Schools to promote local, sustainable growing and healthful food access. Public schools are an important part of CSG’s mission, and Farm to School Week showcased several of the ways that students experience what local agriculture has to offer.

The week was preceded by the First Lady Day of Action, with Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. CSG organized a volunteer workday as part of this statewide event. The focus then shifted to the Charlottesville area’s numerous local farms. The week of the 2nd saw students and parents alike participate in Local on the Line, a program in which local produce is served in city school cafeterias. Attendees enjoyed chicken soup, fresh fruits, summer squash, and more. On Monday night, city council made the week official with a proclamation of Farm to School and Healthy Schools Week as the first week of October.

In CSG’s gardens, we had farm animal visits all week long, with chickens and goats. There were also garden lessons on things like composting, cooking, and even carding wool! Thursday culminated in Harvest of the Month, which was zucchini. Every city school, plus Lugo-McGinniss, PB&J Fund, and the CCS Administrative Office, received pounds of steamed zucchini, prepared at the CCS Central Kitchen.

On Friday, First Lady McAuliffe visited Johnson Elementary at lunchtime to see Farm to School Week in action. She met tons of student gardeners and leaders. In the CSG gardens, agriculture isn’t the only focus – we also work to build leadership skills and a sense of responsibility in a shared endeavor. Our gardens wouldn’t exist without the teamwork of Charlottesville students, nor without the partnership of our community. CSG thanks The Market at Grelen, Local Food Hub, Charlottesville City Schools, Casa Alma, and our many, many volunteers.