Charlottesville High School Garden

 

In 2013, a small group of students, staff and community volunteers began a slow and steady effort to clear the six-foot-tall weeds and that had taken over the existing small CHS garden.  Since that time, a small farm has slowly started taking over the field behind the school and has brought us to a point where we are now using about half an acre of land consisting of over 3400 square feet of organic growing beds, a small fruit orchard, outdoor classroom, wildflower garden, hoop house, mobile chicken coop, post-harvest production area, shed and refrigerated trailer.  The garden is largely managed by the Garden to Market and Urban Farming classes which walk students through the process of starting plants from seeds all the way through harvest. The Urban Farming class is taught through an entrepreneurial lens and students learn important business and marketing skills in addition to organic gardening skills.  In the summer, CSG’s Food Justice Interns care for the garden and take the harvest to share with residents of local public housing communities in Charlottesville through coordination with the Urban Agriculture Collective.  The garden is available to all teachers to use with their classes during the school day, either for instructional purposes involving food or environmental topics or simply providing a peaceful place to work outside.  Students are also able to join an after school garden crew which focuses on food production and raising awareness around food justice issues.

 

chs garden gate chs building CHS chick & student 2016-05-11 10.18.21
chs garden chs class & chix chs buildng
 
 
For more information on the Charlottesville High School Schoolyard Garden, please contact our CHS Garden Coordinator, Peter Davis at chs@cityschoolyardgarden.org and check out the CHS Garden Facebook page (www.facebook.com/csgatchs) or their Instagram account (@csg_chs)
 
chs turnips 2016-05-11 09.10.19 chs transplants
 
Check out our map of the CSG gardens