Posts by Jeanette

Growing our Summer Camp Program

Posted by on Aug 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Growing our Summer Camp Program

Growing our Summer Camp Program

This summer, we hosted summer 8 weeks of summer camp with elementary school students as we have for years, but what an amazing expansion of reach we had this summer. With gardens in full bloom and ready for harvest, it has always been a push of ours to get the harvests into the hands of the community and it became so much easier with visits of over 170 CCS students coming through our elementary gardens each week. We had the wonderful opportunity of strengthening our programming with growing support from Charlottesville Parks and Recreation. We used to host around 30 kids a week at the CSG...

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Welcome back to CSG programming, Calista!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Welcome back to CSG programming, Calista!

We are so excited to have Calista Barbour engaging with CSG in a new way: as the new Garden Associate! Calista started working in the gardens in  Middle School–involved back when CSG was one garden at Buford. She is joining us again, a now recent graduate of CCS, as the Garden Associate at CSG. She is taking what she has learned and helping to guide the next generation through the garden programming. Calista hit the ground running this summer as she helped lead all of the elementary school garden camps. We are excited that she has chosen to continue at CSG as a leader and educator...

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The Power in Food–2019 Youth Internship Program

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on The Power in Food–2019 Youth Internship Program

The Power in Food–2019 Youth Internship Program

Written by Makayla Howard, a 4th year Food Justice Intern  Summer of 2019 was one of our best summers yet. Our workdays were filled with harvesting, weeding, and planting but the best part of it all was having the ability to meet new people and learn a little more about our city’s history.  This summer we had the honor of participating in the Local Food, Local Places seminar. We, as interns, started our day with a workday at Charlottesville High School, where we later held lunch, gave our introductions and talked about the events before us.  Afterwhich, we got on a bus and headed to...

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Local Food, Local Places

Posted by on Jul 26, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Local Food, Local Places

Local Food, Local Places

On July 16th and 17th, the Charlottesville Food Justice Network and the City of Charlottesville held a community event called Local Foods, Local Places. This event was made possible through a technical assistance grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. There was tremendous turnout at the event, with 4 foundations, 7 federal and state partners, 4 city departments, 6 housing and redevelopment organizations, and 16 non-profits present. The workshop was a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and align on the topic of food justice. On the first day of the event, a...

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Preparing Dilly Beans

Posted by on Jul 26, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Preparing Dilly Beans

This week we spent time making some quick dilly beans with the student interns. The major take away recipe that we talked about was the 1:1:1 ratio for the brine; this is 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, 1 tbsp of salt. We encouraged them to get creative with the aromatics. We brought dill, mustard seeds, pepper corn, coriander, hot peppers, to fill their dilly bean jar with. Here is a very simple recipe for some dilly beans! Put 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 tbsp of salt in a pan and bring to a boil. While waiting for this brine to boil place 2 cloves of garlic, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper...

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