City Schoolyard Garden Upcoming Events


  Partner Events

Garden Tuesdays at Petit Pois – Every Tuesday

City Schoolyard Garden is so honored to partner with Petit Pois Restaurant in Charlottesville for Garden Tuesdays. On Tuesdays throughout the year, Petit Pois will donate a small amount for each purchase to CSG to help support our programs. Long committed to featuring fresh, local produce on their menu, Petit Pois is a wonderful and generous partner for CSG. Come on out on Tuesdays for a delicious lunch or dinner and support CSG as the same time!

Past Events

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Builder

The 2018 Racial Equity Challenge is coming up April 2-22.
As part of a commitment to racial equity and food justice, the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) network is dedicated to normalizing conversations about race and racism.

Join City Schoolyard Garden and Charlottesville Food Justice Network in taking on the 21-day challenge and represent Charlottesville in this awesome work!


City Schoolyard Garden at Buford Middle School

Announces the 2018 CSG Spring Seedling Project 

Our CSG & Buford Middle School Spring Seedling Project will be 
May 2 & 3 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Buford entrance 
 1000 Cherry Avenue
Hundreds of veggie, herb and flower starts available for a donation to CSG.

Mark your calendars to help support these amazing student growers who have
been working hard since February to get the Charlottesville Community
8,000+ seedlings this year!


Cultivar: Youth Gallery Night & Benefit at Mas Tapas – November 12, 2017

An intimate feast to benefit youth, leadership, art and the garden experience.
Guests enjoyed Spanish paella, tapas and a selection of Mas favorite wines and sangria. The beautiful  gallery show of student garden artwork included watercolors from Harvest of the Month and photography from the Youth Photo Story Project. We were so lucky to have the Olivarez Trio play and our student docents shared a video of them sharing their garden stories.


Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week: October 2-6, 2017

City Schoolyard Garden, Charlottesville City Schools and the City of Charlottesville joined with numerous partners to launch Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week. Aligned with Virginia Farm to School Week and National Farm to School Month – this initiative builds capacity for bringing healthy, local food to city youth. During the first full week of October students at the all Charlottesville City Schools participated in various fun, garden and food-based activities throughout the week with visits from farm animals, a special Local on the Line Menu and more. Check out our  Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week page to learn more about the history of this event, and our blog post to see highlights from this year’s event.

8th Annual Harvest Festival at Buford Middle School – September 15, 2017


This year’s Fall Harvest Festival was a blast! We had music, garden tours, delicious food, and more. Check out our blog for highlights from this event!

Charlottesville Food Justice Roundtable Discussion -Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Charlottesville Food Justice Network hosted a roundtable discussion exploring the historical roots of inequity in the Charlottesville food system and our framework for moving toward food justice.


First Peas to the Table -CSG’s Friendly Competition

The 2017 First Peas to the Table competition resulted in a tie with Burnley-Moran and Jackson-Via first graders bringing in the heartiest pea crop. Congratulations! See the detailed results and more photos here.




Buford Grown Spring Seedlings Give-Away, May 4-5, 2017

Buford Middle School students outdid themselves with the 2017 Spring Seedling Project where garden aides and students grew over 9,000 vegetable and herb transplants. From seed trays in their classroom, to starts in the hoophouse, to plants for families to take home to their gardens. The seedlings were delivered to the seven CSG gardens and over a dozen local urban agriculture projects. Congratulations Buford gardeners! Check out our 2016 Buford Spring Seedling blog with details about the project.

Root Volunteer & Partner Celebration -2017 Golden Trowel & Golden Beet Awards

We had a beautiful celebration at the City Schoolyard Garden at Burnley-Moran Elementary. The sweetest part of the night goes to the youth tour guides who spoke with such knowledge and enthusiasm about the habitats in their diverse garden design. Read more about the winners at the 2017 Root Celebration blog.




City Schoolyard Garden featured on Charlottesville Inside-Out

Tune in to Charlottesville Inside-Out on Thursday, March 30 at 8:30PM or Sunday, April 2 at 12:30PM for a featured segment on City Schoolyard Garden. Watch on WHTJ PBS or online.

Charlottesville Inside-Out is a WHTJ PBS television show that promotes the organizations, people, and places that contribute to our local community.



Community Voices – Virginia Tech with Jeanette  Abi-Nader & Kim Niewolny- February 22, 2017

On February 22nd, Jeanette headed to Virginia Tech to give a talk for Community Voices, an organization that invites leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to provide information about their leadership roles and the impact they have had on the communities they serve. Jeanette paired up with Kim Niewolny, Associate Professor in Agricultural Leadership and Community Education, to dialogue about “Exploring Whole Measures in Community Food Systems.”




 “To Your Health” with Aleen and Jeanette – Saturday, February 11th

Saturday, February 11, Aleen Carey, CSG Board Chair (shown here), and Jeanette Abi-Nader, CSG Executive Director, were on the WPVC radio show “To Your Health,” hosted by M.C. Blair, from 11am until 12pm. The show recently featured an interview with Todd Niemeier from the Urban Agricultural Collective of Charlottesville in which he talked about urban gardens and their impact on local residents. You can find that interview here! Aleen and Jeanette discussed their work with City Schoolyard Garden and how CSG impacts the Charlottesville community. You can find that interview here!


Stirring Up Food Justice with Bryant Terry – Wednesday, January 18th


Bryant Terry, a 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award-winning chef, educator, and author was invited to Charlottesville as part of UVA Office for Sustainability’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. His insights on providing healthy food choices for all while cooking up examples of his signature Afro-Vegan cuisine we thought provoking. Visit the Facebook event page or webpage for more info. The talk was followed by a panel discussion with local food justice leaders- from the Charlottesville Food Justice Network.



Alice Waters, Joel Salatin & The Kitchen Sisters on “Farming The Earth, Cultivating Humanity”


Garden Reception at Charlottesville High School with  Alice Waters and CHS students

On September 16, 2016, Alice Waters, Joel Salatin & The Kitchen Sisters spoke at the National Endowment for the Humanities’ panel entitled “Farming The Earth, Cultivating Humanity,” in which panelists discussed thoughts about ethics and food. The panel was moderated by Jeanette Abi-Nader and the Charlottesville Food Justice Network hosted an information table. Missed it? Check out a video of it here!  If that wasn’t exciting enough – Alice, CCS Administrators, CHS students Ernesto & Makayla and many CSG Friends and partners helped us launch the CHS garden with a garden reception and peach tree planting. See the story in depth on the CSG blog and facebook page.


Stay in touch with our Facebook & Instagram page for links to numerous events and activities at       @cityschoolyardgarden