Meet Calista Barbour

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Meet Calista Barbour

Calista started in the garden as a 7th grader at Buford. Now, she is 18 and leading others in the garden as a Garden Associate with CSG. Here she is pictured with third-grader Alex.

“Working with CSG has helped me to use my voice and share my opinions too. It’s been a safe place to practice being a leader because I know that the team cares about me and that we are working together to grow something beautiful.” –Calista Barbour

When students work in the garden, they get to make choices. They take leadership in deciding what to plant, figuring out what work needs to be accomplished to help the plants grow, and helping younger students learn how to use tools.  This leadership development in the garden also provides a calm and healing environment for Charlottesville’s youth. Students of all ages report that the garden provides the space and freedom that tempers some of the demands on their day.

We are just $3,000 short of our year-end goal! Can you give today to ensure Charlottesville youth are provided opportunities to lead in the garden? Visit