Meet the Board! Welcome Back Matt Darring

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Meet the Board! Welcome Back Matt Darring

Matt Darring is returning to the CSG team in a new role, the Board Treasurer. Matt was a long time Garden Coordinator at Burnley-Moran Elementary School where he helped lay the foundation for the amazing engagement that happens there now.

Matt answered a few questions about himself:

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

– As a child my family would take two week vacations and go to the Smoky Mountains and tent camp. The break from the summer heat of southern Alabama in the cool Appalachian Mountains was welcome. We would day hike, eat food we cooked on the camp stove, and only go to town a couple of times to shower. Being immersed in nature for long periods of time was great for me, and I still seek it out to this day.

2) How did you get involved in CSG?

– When my daughter enrolled in kindergarten at Burnley-Moran Elementary they had not yet developed the schoolyard garden, and the volunteer who had signed up to lead it was no longer interested. So I signed up to be the interim garden coordinator. I ended up staying in that role for 5 years. 🙂

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

– Working with kids. Being a change agent. Acknowledging the power of nature and plants to be our guide in how to talk about difficult subjects and learn about complex ideas.

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

– My dream. Like a full out dream would be that CSG manages gardens at every school in every independent city in Virginia. That’s my dream. A more realistic dream is a set of curriculum guide lines and lessons that travel from pre-k to graduation that grows from the very beginnings of curiosity to a full fledged entrepreneur, farmer, change agent graduate.

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

– The finances. I’m the treasurer and a trained accountant. I’m going to try and do what I can to help the finances be more visible and understandable to the board, organization, supporters, or anyone who wants to know about it.

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

[My wife] Jodi said I would be a carrot. All stiff and rigid in one way and all crazy and floppy in another. I would say I’m an apple. Crunchy but sweet, sometimes sour and much better when buttered up.

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.