CSG’s Gardens

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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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Monacan Seed Keepers

Posted by on Jul 24, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Monacan Seed Keepers

Monacan Seed Keepers

On May 24th, Unity Day Cville hosted a presentation by members of the Monacan tribe highlighting the history of the land that we call Charlottesville and we were lucky enough that a team member was able to make it to hear the conversation. A Monacan tribe researcher shared  stories about the history and modern day tribe members. This inspirational message that has sparked excitement for our team to learn more and ensure that this message continues to be shared with the community and youth in our programming. As we researched more about the contributions and history of the Monacan tribe we...

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Garden Updates at CHS

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Garden Updates at CHS

Garden Updates at CHS

As we are bringing our summer programming with our amazing youth interns to a close, I’d love to take a minute and reflect on the past few months here at Charlottesville High School and give you a peek into what is in store for the 2019-2020 school year! Two of the most notable differences you’ll see if you visit the CHS garden are the wildflower plantings as well as the new expansions we are adding to our garden. We started smothering the grass (a much better way to get rid of grass than spraying chemicals or breaking your back with a tiller in this Virginia red clay we have here) over...

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Fairy in the Garden at BME

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Fairy in the Garden at BME

Fairy in the Garden at BME

Spring brought more than just the usual flowers and bugs to the Burnley Moran garden: the garden club also set up a home and mailbox for a fairy to move to the garden. Immediately the fairy began to write letters to students, and students read, responded, and created places for the fairy to live. The following weeks were filled with 1st and 2nd grade students creating habitat for a garden fairy throughout the garden; students of all ages creating homes, structures and art pieces out of materials found in the garden; kindergarteners practicing their writing and drawing by sending letters back...

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Garden Aides Blog

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Garden Aides Blog

Garden Aides Blog

Buford Garden Aides, 2018-2019 Intro by Ms. Shannon Garden Aides Emma, Victoria and Jin spent the full 2018-2019 school year living the garden life here at Buford Middle School. From the Fall Harvest Festival to the Spring Seedling Giveaway, this trio tackled big and small projects alike, combining their strong individualism and growing teamwork skills to get the job done, all while cultivating friendships and food. Here are some of their stories from their year in the garden. For more student stories from the Fall season, read here:...

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