Meet the Board–Dan Joins the Team

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 | Comments Off on Meet the Board–Dan Joins the Team

1) Tell us about an early experience with gardens or nature.

My mother was from Belfast, Northern Ireland.  When we went to visit my grandfather’s house he had a greenhouse. I must have been 8 years old at the time. We would basically raid the greenhouse and pick strawberries and peas fresh off the vine–the best way to eat them. Since then—whereever I have lived where there was enough sun and yard—I’ve had a garden.

 2) How did you get involved in CSG?

 I’ve always been involved in nonprofits. My wife Katie works at UVA Health System where she met Kimberlee Daniels [another CSG Board Member]. We went for dinner and were talking about how I just finished my role as a board member at another non-profit. Kimberlee Daniels recruited me over drinks.

I then sat down with Jeanette and Wendy and they did a nice presentation and I knew I wanted to be part of the work with CSG.

3) What’s your favorite part of being involved in CSG?

I recognize the intrinsic value in giving students an opportunity to work towards a common goal which can be seen in the gardens. I’ve never viewed myself as a social activist but was drawn to the work being done. I’m excited to grow that way.

4) What is your dream for CSG in the future?

 I’m still new, so I’ve still got some stuff to learn but I want it to be a model for other communities and seeing it done right.

5) What are you focusing on as a board member for CSG?

With the new umbrella organization, Cultivate, I am excited to help CSG rebrand and highlight the three partner programs under it.

6) If you were a fruit or vegetable, what kind would you be and why?

Part says an orange because I was born in Key West, Florida but there’s nothing better than a fresh picked tomato on a warm Summer day. So either one works for me.

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.