A Rainy Fall at Buford

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A Rainy Fall at Buford

Fall in the garden is a beautiful, bountiful experience—in warm climates like central Virginia, it feels like a second Spring. Thanks to the tremendous work of our Summer Youth Interns, the Buford Garden began the school year as lush and verdant as ever.




Garden Aides working on their Garden Journals.

What a beautiful space to welcome another round of Garden Aide classes! This year, Buford students are able to partake in either semester or year-long gardening classes, hosted by CSG’s Garden Educator for Teens, Shannon Gaffey. A hot and rainy September has meant lots of work weeding, studying insects and pest management, improving the garden’s walkways and ripping out old summer crops to prepare the garden for Fall.

Garden Aides planting blueberry bushes, which should yield fruit next summer

Youth Interns started rounds of Fall crops in seedling trays during the heat of early August and now they are finally ready to go in the ground! Garden Aides have been busy mapping out the garden, planting and planning for new crops; diligently caring for these cool-weather veggies during the heat by sheltering the plants with straw and row cover.

Kale seedlings sheltered by row cover

In addition to gardening skills, classes focus on team building, communication skills, youth leadership, and building community through food.  This week we took a break from being out in the rain to make some popcorn (grown by last year’s Garden Aides!) and discuss the strengths and challenges we all bring to our team. Knowing each other’s strengths and challenges helps the class tackle tough objectives as one big, cohesive, and supportive organism.

Popcorn classics: Garden Aides discuss the strengths and challenges they contribute to the team

One such upcoming project is the 9th annual Fall Harvest Festival, from 5:30-7:30 on Friday, October 5th. The festival is a fun-filled evening celebrating community gardens and the youth that care for them. It is CSG’s largest event of the year. Garden Aides, PE classes and ESL students alike are all pitching in to make sure the garden is at its best for the big day. It will be a fabulous night full of good food and good people, so be sure to mark your calendars! Bring your family and friends, and while you’re there, be sure to thank the Garden Aides for all their hard work.

Students show off their memory map of the garden