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Meet Jenifer Minor, UACC Farm Manager

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Meet Jenifer Minor, UACC Farm Manager

Jenifer Minor is a member of the food justice network here in Charlottesville. Initially working as a Farm Apprentice with UACC, Jenifer is now UACC’s Farm Manager. She helps to maintain the garden at Friendship Court, as well as other UACC gardens. Here’s a little bit about Jenifer and her work: -What is your role at UACC? Jenifer: I get the gardens together. I do everything – seeding, harvesting, using the machines, weeding, all of it. Now, I’m also the farm manager, which means I manage Bradley (Bradley helps Jenifer out in the...

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Meet Richard Morris, CSG Outreach Program Coordinator

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Meet Richard Morris, CSG Outreach Program Coordinator

Richard Morris joined the team at City Schoolyard Garden (CSG) in June of 2018. He acts as CSG’s Outreach Coordinator. Working with community partners, such as the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville (UACC), Richard has begun to immerse himself in conversations about food justice. Take a look at Richard’s interview below: -What does Food Justice mean to you? Richard: For me, food justice means free unbiased information about food, sans the Pavlovian conditioning of our consumerist culture to eat lots of low quality food. It...

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Partners In Growing Good Food & Community

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Partners In Growing Good Food & Community

Dear Charlottesville Community: If you’ve ever wondered who was responsible for tending the beautiful and productive urban farms across the City of Charlottesville, it’s the Urban Agricultural Collective of Charlottesville (UACC). For six years, Farmer Todd Niemeier, of UACC, has been working alongside community volunteers to faithfully manage farm plots at Friendship Court, South First Street, Sixth Street and West Street. Over the past few years, UACC has faced changes and challenges with the strength of a robust community. Redevelopment...

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Path to Leadership

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Path to Leadership

Path to Leadership

We are very excited to have a not-so-new face join our team at CSG! Tianna Washington has come up through CSG programming; from one of our first Garden Aides classes, to our first year of Youth Leadership Program 2 summers ago and is now our new Garden Coordinator Associate. This summer Tianna is focusing her work on time with the Youth Leadership Program and weekly Garden Summer Camps. We are so excited for Tianna to continue to grow with CSG. We asked her some questions and here is what she had to say: 1) Tell us about an early experience...

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An exciting summer of Youth Leadership 

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on An exciting summer of Youth Leadership 

An exciting summer of Youth Leadership 

Summer 2018 brings the 3rd round of the CSG’s summer teen internship as part of our Youth Leadership Program. This year we have a truly unstoppable team of experienced student gardeners! Makayla Howard, Manny Quezada-Romero, Manuka Tamang, Rodrigo Nunez, Jerome Jackson, and Bradley Ragland are our amazing youth interns this year! Manny, Makayla, Manuka and Rodrigo are placed with CSG and braving the heat and working hard to maintain the 8 school gardens. Jerome, based at City of Promise and Bradley, based at Urban Agriculture Collective of...

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Inside the Fence at Charlottesville High School

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Inside the Fence at Charlottesville High School

Inside the Fence at Charlottesville High School

The 2017-2018 school year brought in so many amazing changes to the garden at Charlottesville High School!  We started the school year researching how to move our program from a big garden to a small farm approach.  When we began, we didn’t quite realize just how much infrastructure work we were in for!  Amazingly enough, though, by the end of the school year, we looked around and realized that the students had done all the work and had done an admirable job of which they were all proud!  Here’s a look back at all that was...

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Something’s Cooking at Burnley Moran!

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Sponsors | Comments Off on Something’s Cooking at Burnley Moran!

Something’s Cooking at Burnley Moran!

What an exciting Spring we had at Burnley-Moran! For those who don’t know, Mr. Matt, our previous Garden Coordinator Champion at Burnley-Moran (BME) left his role in January and left very large shoes to be filled for the spring. After a quick scramble we decided, as Program Coordinator, that I would cover the programming at BME for the near future and now, I have no intentions to leave! So, I will be back in the garden starting in the fall with students as we enter into a new exciting school year. This spring was filled with seeds, compost,...

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With your support…

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Sponsors | Comments Off on With your support…

With your support…

With your support, CSG provides opportunities for garden discovery and youth leadership for all Charlottesville students—from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Your gift will help us reach our goal of raising $8,000 by June 30. Please give...

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Peas in a Pod here at CSG!

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Peas in a Pod here at CSG!

Peas in a Pod here at CSG!

For the past 5 years we have been engaging CCS elementary school students in our version of Thomas Jefferson’s First Peas to the Table Competition. First Peas to the Table is a friendly competition between the City Schoolyard Gardens at each of the six Charlottesville city elementary schools. The competition takes place each spring where students take to the garden to see which school can produce the largest peas. The lesson is a nod to Thomas Jefferson’s similar competition with his contemporaries in the 18th and 19th centuries. In his...

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Prep, Plant, Harvest, Repeat!

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Prep, Plant, Harvest, Repeat!

Prep, Plant, Harvest, Repeat!

This time of year is busy busy getting the garden planted and ready for a thriving growing season. We started early and now have harvested our first spring crops at Jackson-Via including radishes. Jackson-Via Elementary students started planting radishes, lettuce, and spinach right around Valentine’s Day – in 2 months we had enough to harvest and distribute at our “farm stand” at the end of one of our sunny spring afternoons. Classes came out during the first full week of May to harvest, wash, and package up all of their...

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