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Youth Intern Trip to DC

Posted by on Apr 19, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | 0 comments

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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Venable Weather Station

Posted by on Apr 19, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | 0 comments

Venable Weather Station

by Sarah Wayne This summer, Venable Elementary school was awarded a Shannon Foundation Grant to build a weather station. A lot has happened since then! Three separate thermometers were set up throughout the garden – one has an attached anemometer to measure wind speed. A table and chairs were also put in by the door coming inside from the garden. Bookshelves were installed, complete with gardening and weather-related books. In the last few months, fourth grade classes have been volunteering to record the air temperature and wind speed in the morning. The second grade is now in charge of...

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Sponsors | Comments Off on It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

by Richard Morris, Director of Farm & Food Roots In the fields we’ll be tilling Raised beds we’ll be building for seedlings with cheer It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Spring 2019 is here, and the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville is excited about the season ahead. For farmers, Spring really is a little like Christmas. It’s the time of year when the growing season ahead feels like a beautifully wrapped gift, waiting to be opened. In exchange for a little labor, we receive the gift of a bountiful season, provided the weather isn’t too naughty and the...

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Surprise Sunflowers

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Surprise Sunflowers

Surprise Sunflowers

by Sarah Wayne, Garden Coordinator at Jackson-Via Elementary  It’s mid-February and time to start seeds with classes. Tomatoes, peppers, and impatiens for Mother’s day flowers. Pre-K, 1st, and 3rd grade classes scoop up potting soil, sprinkle in 2 or 3 seeds and cover up them up. They water them and watch them soak up the grow light sunshine. One week later – the seeds are starting to sprout! Teachers and students are so excited that their plants are starting to grow. Emily Axelbaum, a third grade teacher and avid gardener, comes into one of the classrooms and asks what we are growing....

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A Successful Celebration

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on A Successful Celebration

A Successful Celebration

by Jeanette Abi-Nader At the heart of City Schoolyard Garden are the youth who work every day in the gardens, growing fresh food, caring for the chickens, and cultivating their own leadership, team work and healthy living skills. What keeps this heart beating? Behind our on the ground programs is an interconnected network of partners, sponsors, and supporters providing the foundational resources for this work to happen. This month CSG celebrated with many of those partners at our first ever Winter Wonderland event on the very last day of winter. Hosted by CSG Board member, Kimberlee Daniels,...

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Harvest of the Month-Mushrooms

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month-Mushrooms

Harvest of the Month-Mushrooms

This sunny spring day set as a perfect backdrop to our March Harvest of the Month.  As you may imagine—February and March often require some imagination and creativity when highlighting local produce that’s grown at a scale that we can distribute across the city schools. This month we ventured into the world of fungus by highlighting MUSHROOMS. Schuyler Greens and Sharondale Farms split the order of 80 pounds of Oyster Mushrooms. With the assistance of first year medical students at UVA for a 6th time this school year—we were able to prepare the harvest to be roasted with lemon...

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