City Schoolyard Garden Upcoming  Events

Keep an eye out on this page for upcoming events with CSG and partner events.

Partner  Events

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Builder

The 2019 Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge was April 1-21.
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.

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

If you didn’t get a chance, check out this year’s challenge here.

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

2019 Root is about to commence at Greenbriar Elementary! 

Thanks for joining City Schoolyard Garden, UACC, and CFJN as we celebrate the partners and volunteers that help us grow roots with Charlottesville youth and community.

Check out our newsletter for photos and to see how it went!


City Schoolyard Garden at Buford Middle School

Get ready for the 2019 CSG Spring Seedling Project!

Our CSG & Buford Middle School Spring Seedling Project will be held on

May 1 & 2 at Buford Middle School

Hundreds of veggie, herb and flower starts will be available for a donation to CSG.

Our amazing student growers have thousands of seedlings started in the classroom greenhouse.

Winder Wonderland – March 19th


Thanks to those who came out for our Winder Wonderland fundraiser! Thank you to all who donated!!!




9th Annual Harvest Festival at Buford Middle School – October 5th, 2018

Thanks to those who came out for our hugely successful Fall Harvest Festival! We are grateful to the sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible, and to our amazing community. Next year will be our 10th Annual Harvest Festival on Friday, October 4th.


Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week

October 1-5, 2018

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 will participate 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.

Our Evolving Food System: From Slavery to Sovereignty
A  UVa Bicentennial Symposium

We are proud that our very own Jeanette Abi-Nader, Executive Director, and Shantell Bingham, Charlottesville Food Justice Network Facilitator, will be participating in this important symposium as part of UVa’s Bicentennial. Jeanette will be moderating a panel entitled “Transforming Legacies of Harm in Today’s Food System,” and Shantell will be participating in the panel “Community-Based Solutions for Making a Difference.” Learn more about the event here.


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 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.

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, 2017

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, 2017


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.


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