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Meet the Community Food Justice Advocates

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Meet the Community Food Justice Advocates

Meet the Community Food Justice Advocates

The Community Food Justice Advocates program is off to a great start. The 12-week program started in June, alongside the City Schoolyard Garden Youth Food Justice Internship. Over the summer, 4 community advocates and 7 youth interns pulled their efforts together in envisioning healthier school meals across cultural and generational lines. The product of this intergenerational leadership has shed light on the emerging power of youth-led change supported by community advocates. In early August, the youth and community advocates (many of them parents of children attending CCS) presented their...

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Mud and Imagination in the Johnson Elementary

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Mud and Imagination in the Johnson Elementary

Mud and Imagination in the Johnson Elementary

Written by Rick Harden 2019 marks my eighth year in the Johnson Garden. One of the things that makes both Johnson and the garden program here so special is the sense of ownership that teachers and students have taken. Over the years, as the Garden has grown so has the overall participation across the school, and in turn, the opportunities for learning have similarly expanded. This year, every teacher at Johnson, across all grades (even the 3 year old pre-K class) scheduled weekly or biweekly garden time before the school year had even started! Each year, teachers bring both their students and...

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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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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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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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