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Harvest of the Month- Kale Recipes

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | 0 comments

Harvest of the Month- Kale Recipes

We don’t have the opportunity to do taste-tests in the cafeteria this month highlighting the Harvest of the Month: KALE! Instead, we thought we would share some simple recipes that could be used at home. Here are three recipes with minimal ingredients that can be made at home! Greens and Beans modified recipe from foodnetwork.com              2 tablespoons olive oil              1 chopped onion              1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes             Salt and freshly ground black pepper             2 cups kale, washed, stems trimmed and chopped    ...

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Meet the Board: Audrey

Posted by on Mar 26, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | 0 comments

Meet the Board: Audrey

Interview by Jeanette of Audrey: Audrey: You know I learned now how important it is to be able to grow your own food. Just because of the prices at the groceries stores, the chemicals that are used to prepare the foods and I just think it’s totally different now than it was when we were growing up. And the fact that in our community, in our culture, we see a lot of diabetes and you know that’s about the food you’re putting in your mouth, you have to be careful about what you eat. And to help take control of that is to grow your own food. You know to be able to know what types...

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Meet the Board! Welcome Back Matt Darring

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | 0 comments

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...

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Meet Michael James! The New UAC Operations Manager

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | 0 comments

Meet Michael James! The New UAC Operations Manager

We are excited to expand the UAC team to include the new Operations Manager, Michael James. As we interview all the new members of our team, Michael sat down and answered a few questions about himself and what he’s excited about. 1) Tell us about an early experience with gardens and nature. I used to live and work at Heifer International’s ranch in Perryville Arkansas. The ranch itself was almost 1500 acre. We had a large market garden (300 member CSA) and kept herds of sheep, cattle and goats. The ranch had way more than enough work for the 20 or so volunteers staying there....

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New Season, New Challenges

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | 0 comments

New Season, New Challenges

Ask any farmer what it takes to produce good food, and they will likely reply with some version of, “Good soil.” Healthy life-giving soil is neither easy nor free. It takes hard work, patience, and often requires overcoming a bit of adversity. Owing to housing redevelopment, the Urban Agriculture Collective is experiencing some adversity of its own. Our community farm has downsized from well over 40,000 square feet last year, to just 4400 sq. ft. in 2020. The loss of so much farmland has had a big impact on our projected crop production this year. We expect this loss to ripple out to the...

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CHS 2019/2020 update

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | 0 comments

CHS 2019/2020 update

Writing this update towards the end of March 2020 certainly feels a million times different than it would have just two weeks ago!  Two weeks ago as we headed into what is now considered to be the last week of the in-person school year, we had a hunch that school might be out for a period of time.  Thankfully, we were blessed with gorgeous weather and the students buckled down and got to work turning over beds, prepping for spring crops and seeding tray after tray of thousands of seeds. When we said goodbye on that last Friday, our small farm was in the best shape it had been in by this...

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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.