CSG’s Gardens

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Simple Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Simple Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Simple Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Ingredients 5 cups rhubarb about 3 large stalks, cut into 1⁄2″ cubes 2 cups hulled and halved strawberries about 1 pint 1/5 cups honey 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice from about half of a large lemon Instructions Combine all ingredients in a medium to large saucepan over medium heat. Once mixture starts to bubble, reduce heat to medium low. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the jam has thickened. Plan on cooking jam for about an hour. Place in a jar to can or store in the...

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Johnson Garden Spring 2019

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Johnson Garden Spring 2019

The Johnson Garden is thriving. While all of us may not appreciate the abundant rain this Spring has brought, the starters from Buford’s hoop house seem to appreciate the weather and are growing rapidly under the onslaught. And, along with the plants, lots of other life is thriving. We welcomed spring with blue bird babies! At least 4 were born and have left the nest. One day as I arrived I heard the chicks chirp for their mom and dad to bring them food. Teachers and students alike enjoyed watching the bright blue father and camouflaged mother stand guard as we had our classes. We have...

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A Bountiful Harvest

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A Bountiful Harvest

by Zyanya Otal April showers bring May flowers… and a bounty of greens at the Clark Elementary School Garden! For the past few weeks, students have been hard at work pulling weeds, prepping the garden beds with compost, planting, and watering the garden. Eager hands gently tended to each garden bed and words of encouragement were shared with growing seedlings. In a few short weeks, our young gardener’s efforts paid off. The salad garden, consisting of kale, bok choy, and various lettuces has provided students with their first harvest of the year! Miss Z, as well as volunteers from the...

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ROOT! Celebration 2019

Posted by on Apr 29, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on ROOT! Celebration 2019

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...

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Garden Corner: Kale

Posted by on Apr 19, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Garden Corner: Kale

Garden Corner: Kale

Kale was featured as our Harvest of the Month crop for November 2018. Volunteers served kale chips at Charlottesville schools and based on the students’ reactions, they were a hit! The students even expressed interest in having kale served more often at school. Check out our blog post about kale for Harvest of the Month. Kale is a cabbage green that is packed full of nutritious vitamins and minerals. It is easy to transplant and is cold-weather hearty. We have been growing kale in the gardens over the winter and are getting ready to plant more during the spring months.  Kale that is...

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Youth Intern Trip to DC

Posted by on Apr 19, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Youth Intern Trip to DC

Youth Intern Trip to DC

by Rodrigo Nunez Thanks to City Schoolyard Garden, I was able to attend the Teen Earth Optimism event in Washington DC to represent CSG with my fellow youth interns. I had thought the community of teenagers interested in healthy eating and food justice was small, but I found many teenagers from various backgrounds and ages who were also passionate about food justice and community gardens. In a discussion panel, I learned some of the reasons of why some teens decide to become vegetarians or vegans, how cultures of families affect the types of meals they regularly eat and what it’s like for...

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