ROOT! Celebration 2019

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ROOT! Celebration 2019

On April 25th, City Schoolyard Garden hosted ROOT! at Greenbrier Elementary to honor and recognize the contributions of our partners in education and in the community.

Those who have had lasting dedication towards the gardens were awarded Golden Trowels and Golden Beets. Last Thursday was a beautiful day

to spend time showing appreciation for our partners and volunteers in the community. We had music from local artists Will Leggett of The Weedeaters that provided some background music for the student led tours through the Greenbrier garden. Guests were also treated to food and drink by Pearl Island FoodsMarie Bette, Juice Laundry and Fig Bistro. The CSG Youth Interns were excited to host some kids stations including a sunflower planting station for students to take home and a wildflower bed to help beautify the CSG garden at Greenbrier.

With all the young kids of award recipients, attendees and Greenbrier students, it was a well needed station that got a lot of attention.

We have had some very exciting partnerships that really deserved highlighting.  So get ready for this list

of amazing partnerships with our Charlottesville community!

The Golden Trowel Awards recognize both educators and community members for their equally valuable roles in maintaining the gardens. Our Golden Trowel Sponsors who, both, received and distributed Golden Trowel and Golden Beet Awards were United WayUVA Health Systems, and Terry Coffey & Mary Alice Hostetter.

Jeanette Abi-Nader then announced our amazing Outstanding Educators: Shannon Gillikin, Jackson-Via Elementary Kindergarten Teacher, Daisa Pascall & Karin Gianniny, CLASS Site Directors at Clark Elementary & Greenbrier Elementary, Dr. Irizarry, Charlottesville High School High School Principal.

Also receiving the Golden Trowel Award that night were our outstanding community partners who have helped us grow throughout the last few years: William Vest, CHS Head Custodian, Brittney Butler & Kevin Johnson, for their Pro Bono Design Work, Tamara Wright, UACC Board Co-Chair, Gerry Newman, Albemarle Baking Company.

Our last category of awards was Outstanding Volunteers. Wynona and Richard Little and Fashion for a Cause received Golden Trowel Awards for their contributitions to CSG and our programming. The other Outstanding Volunteer Award that CSG gives out is the Golden Beet Award, recognizing superlative team service by our many volunteers. The purpose is to highlight groups of people who work together to improve CSG programming and partner programming.

Our Golden Beet Award Winners this year were the UACC Community Market Volunteers: Harriet Carter, Linda Ayres, Shirley Thompson, Patricia White, Rosa Key. 

Root! was a chance to recognize both the recipients of our annual awards and all of those volunteers, partners and community members who help CSG to thrive. You can see the full list of awardees here.


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.