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Harvest of the Month–Cripps Pink Apples

Posted by on Jan 10, 2020 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | 0 comments

Harvest of the Month–Cripps Pink Apples

This month marks 5 years of Harvest of the Month in the Charlottesville City Schools. Five years ago we highlighted our first crop: Pink Lady Apples (aka Cripps Pink Apples). This month, to celebrate our 43rd crop, we again, highlighted the Cripps Pink apple. Since the very first crop, done in January 2015, we have been skipping January for Harvest of the month (highlighting 4 fall crops and 4 spring crops) as a time to regroup. It also was consistently a challenge to find a local crop to highlight in the dead of winter. This year, we decided to keep the food going right through the end of...

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Harvest of the Month at Clark

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month at Clark

Harvest of the Month at Clark

This year at Clark Elementary, the Harvest of the Month program has extended outside of the cafeteria and into the library. The Harvest of the Month program serves up local, seasonal fruits and vegetables once a month throughout the school year. Students sample it on the lunch line or in the cafeteria when it’s handed out by volunteers. The Clark librarian, Mary Craig, has incorporated Harvest of the Month fruits and vegetables into 1st and 2nd grade library time so that one week out of each month, students have a hands-on garden activity, combined with a related book, and a taste...

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Meet Calista Barbour

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Meet Calista Barbour

Meet Calista Barbour

Calista started in the garden as a 7th grader at Buford. Now, she is 18 and leading others in the garden as a Garden Associate with CSG. Here she is pictured with third-grader Alex. “Working with CSG has helped me to use my voice and share my opinions too. It’s been a safe place to practice being a leader because I know that the team cares about me and that we are working together to grow something beautiful.” –Calista Barbour When students work in the garden, they get to make choices. They take leadership in deciding what to plant, figuring out what work needs to be accomplished to...

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Meet Rodrigo, CSG Food Justice Intern

Posted by on Nov 25, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Meet Rodrigo, CSG Food Justice Intern

Meet Rodrigo, CSG Food Justice Intern

This year we celebrate 10 years of growing, learning, connecting, leading, and healing together! Ten years ago, when the garden program first started at Buford, I was 8 years old and in the third grade. It wasn’t a few years until I had my first experience in the garden. It was kinda of hard time for me in middle school. Mentally, I was feeling very frustrated and didn’t really know how to handle my emotions. I also didn’t feel very valued or appreciated by many of my peers. And, I would have gone through the school feeling desperately alone if it wasn’t for my time in the garden....

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CSG, Selected for Design Marathon!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on CSG, Selected for Design Marathon!

CSG, Selected for Design Marathon!

In October we, along with program partners Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville and the Charlottesville Food Justice Network, were lucky enough to watch genius in action. Our three partner organizations were selected as this year’s Design Marathon Client Partner. The Sixth Annual Design Marathon brought together upwards of 50 regional graphic designers who were given the challenge to create a comprehensive visual identity for our partner programs in our tenth year. The day began with our program leaders Jeanette, Shantell & Richard providing quick descriptions of CSG, CFJN...

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UACC: Celebrating Twelve Years of Growing

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on UACC: Celebrating Twelve Years of Growing

UACC: Celebrating Twelve Years of Growing

The farming life is fraught with uncertainty about the weather. On the Saturday before UACC’s Fall Garden Gathering, the temperature struggled to reach a chilly 45 degrees before dropping back below freezing. But then just like that, Sunday arrived with sunny skies and an almost balmy 66 degrees. The day grew brighter still with the laughter of children skirting about the big tent set up for the event, a day bookended by cheerful greetings and bittersweet memories.  It was the end of an era at Friendship Court. After 12 years of working side-by-side with community members to grow and share...

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