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Meet Tianna Washington

Posted by on Nov 21, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Meet Tianna Washington

Meet Tianna Washington

Do you know the impact of growing a garden? Today it’s easy to feel lost, because the connection between us and nature is being left behind. When we were children, we wanted to be outside, but as adults we forget the importance of tranquility. There is strength in simplicity, as technology evolves our society has forgotten simplicity and our instincts. Although we are more evolved, we are still animals and we have been taken out of our habitat, stress and anxiety is sure to come with that. We are so busy these days we may not even notice that the feelings of being high strung are coming...

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Meet Zyanya and Andy

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Meet Zyanya and Andy

Meet Zyanya and Andy

            INTERVIEW WITH ANDY BLUNK 1) Tell us about an early experience with gardens and nature. My mom is a wetland biologist, and is somewhat evangelical in her approach to her passions, at least with her children. I grew up looking under rocks to find all the different microinvertebrates present and hearing my mom comment on the indicated stream health. It became second nature to ask, “what is underneath there?” and “what does that indicate about the larger system present?”. This wonder and recognition of the small things...

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In the Johnson Garden

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on In the Johnson Garden

In the Johnson Garden

written by Rick Harden, Johnson Garden Coordinator With 15 classes scheduled over the course of the week (one to four each day Monday through Friday); the addition of some new activities and several ongoing projects, we’ve had a busy fall in the Johnson Garden despite a less than successful growing season. We are making progress turning the upper garden into a butterfly and bird sanctuary (with lots of flowering plants), designing a mud kitchen, and rebuilding our bug motel — all with input and help from the Johnson community of teachers, students and families. After our extremely...

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Southern Mustard Greens Recipe

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Southern Mustard Greens Recipe

Ingredients 6 slices thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, chopped 1/2 onion, chopped 4 bunches mustard greens, trimmed and chopped 2 cups chicken broth 1 tablespoon cider vinegar Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Hot sauce, for serving Directions Place the bacon in a large, wide pot and cook over medium heat until some of the fat has rendered and the bacon is light golden, about 5 minutes. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes more. Add the mustard greens in batches, letting each batch wilt before adding the next. Add the chicken...

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Meet Beatrice–Volunteer and Advocate at UACC

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Meet Beatrice–Volunteer and Advocate at UACC

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” – Maya Angelou As a long-time volunteer with UACC’s urban farm, Beatrice Clark has been “throwing something back” to the Charlottesville community for more than 5 years. Her family relocated to Charlottesville, from Delaware, when she was 6 years old. They lived on Page Street where Beatrice remembers a large garden bursting with lettuce and green beans, corn and carrots, and her favorite, tomatoes – “Because there are so many ways that I...

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November Harvest of the Month–Kale

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November Harvest of the Month–Kale

Yesterday was our November Harvest of the Month and if there was a single take-away from the day, it is this: Charlottesville students love Kale. Yesterday cafeteria tasting tables across the district were packed of kids filled with interest and excitement over the kale served. Many students have already tasted Kale. Many of the City Schoolyard Gardens have Kale growing as spring and fall staples. Students regularly enjoy the kale sautéed up with the mobile kitchen, made into a Kale pesto and other delicious recipes. Kale is also how the students learn about the dreaded Harlequin Beetle...

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