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The Power in Food–2019 Youth Internship Program

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | 0 comments

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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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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Virginia Organizing Helps UACC’s Gardens Grow

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Virginia Organizing Helps UACC’s Gardens Grow

Virginia Organizing Helps UACC’s Gardens Grow

If you missed the sign out front, you could easily mistake the Charlottesville office of Virginia Organizing as just another residence on this quiet tree-lined street of modest homes and neatly trimmed lawns.  Passersby might never guess that inside is an organization, 24 years strong, committed to fighting for fairness and equality across the social justice spectrum. Michele Mattioli celebrates her 20th year with Virginia Organizing where she serves as the Special Projects Coordinator. She explained, “We are community organizers and we work on social justice and environmental issues by...

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Johnson Garden Spring 2019

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Johnson Garden Spring 2019

Johnson Garden Spring 2019

The Johnson Garden is thriving. While all of us may not appreciate the abundant rain this Spring has brought, the starters from Buford’s hoop house seem to appreciate the weather and are growing rapidly under the onslaught. And, along with the plants, lots of other life is thriving. We welcomed spring with blue bird babies! At least 4 were born and have left the nest. One day as I arrived I heard the chicks chirp for their mom and dad to bring them food. Teachers and students alike enjoyed watching the bright blue father and camouflaged mother stand guard as we had our classes. We have...

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