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“The garden was the one place where my grandson felt like he could be himself at school. It helped him connect with his older brother, through projects they brought home to do together. Being in the garden gave him confidence and pride.” 

– Buford grandmother

Elementary Schools

Buford Middle School

Charlottesville High School


Launched in 2010, City Schoolyard Garden cultivates academic achievement and environmental awareness through garden-based, experiential learning and leadership development for youth in Charlottesville. We currently maintain organic educational gardens at Charlottesville High SchoolBuford Middle School and at each of the six Charlottesville elementary schools.  CSG utilizes the garden for classroom instruction, after-school programs and summer camps to provide youth with opportunities to foster an appreciation for nature, enhance their academic learning through hands-on experience,  cultivate skills for healthy living and develop leadership and job skills.

Mission statementThe City Schoolyard Garden cultivates academic achievement, health, environmental stewardship, and community engagement through garden-based, experiential learning and leadership development.

Core Values: Community, Respect, Discovery, Equity, Inclusiveness, Relationships, Youth Empowerment, Partnership, Ecological Responsibility, Health

Check out our blog entries to hear stories from around City Schoolyard Garden and our map of the CSG gardens.