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Harvest of the Month- Kale Recipes

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | 0 comments

Harvest of the Month- Kale Recipes

We don’t have the opportunity to do taste-tests in the cafeteria this month highlighting the Harvest of the Month: KALE! Instead, we thought we would share some simple recipes that could be used at home. Here are three recipes with minimal ingredients that can be made at home! Greens and Beans modified recipe from foodnetwork.com              2 tablespoons olive oil              1 chopped onion              1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes             Salt and freshly ground black pepper             2...

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Meet the Board: Audrey

Posted by on Mar 26, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | 0 comments

Meet the Board: Audrey

Interview by Jeanette of Audrey: Audrey: You know I learned now how important it is to be able to grow your own food. Just because of the prices at the groceries stores, the chemicals that are used to prepare the foods and I just think it’s totally different now than it was when we were growing up. And the fact that in our community, in our culture, we see a lot of diabetes and you know that’s about the food you’re putting in your mouth, you have to be careful about what you eat. And to help take control of that is to grow your...

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Meet the Board! Welcome Back Matt Darring

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | 0 comments

Meet the Board! Welcome Back Matt Darring

Matt Darring is returning to the CSG team in a new role, the Board Treasurer. Matt was a long time Garden Coordinator at Burnley-Moran Elementary School where he helped lay the foundation for the amazing engagement that happens there now. Matt answered a few questions about himself: 1) Tell us about an early experience with gardens or nature. – As a child my family would take two week vacations and go to the Smoky Mountains and tent camp. The break from the summer heat of southern Alabama in the cool Appalachian Mountains was welcome. We...

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Meet Michael James! The New UAC Operations Manager

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | 0 comments

Meet Michael James! The New UAC Operations Manager

We are excited to expand the UAC team to include the new Operations Manager, Michael James. As we interview all the new members of our team, Michael sat down and answered a few questions about himself and what he’s excited about. 1) Tell us about an early experience with gardens and nature. I used to live and work at Heifer International’s ranch in Perryville Arkansas. The ranch itself was almost 1500 acre. We had a large market garden (300 member CSA) and kept herds of sheep, cattle and goats. The ranch had way more than enough...

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New Season, New Challenges

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | 0 comments

New Season, New Challenges

Ask any farmer what it takes to produce good food, and they will likely reply with some version of, “Good soil.” Healthy life-giving soil is neither easy nor free. It takes hard work, patience, and often requires overcoming a bit of adversity. Owing to housing redevelopment, the Urban Agriculture Collective is experiencing some adversity of its own. Our community farm has downsized from well over 40,000 square feet last year, to just 4400 sq. ft. in 2020. The loss of so much farmland has had a big impact on our projected crop production...

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CHS 2019/2020 update

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | 0 comments

CHS 2019/2020 update

Writing this update towards the end of March 2020 certainly feels a million times different than it would have just two weeks ago!  Two weeks ago as we headed into what is now considered to be the last week of the in-person school year, we had a hunch that school might be out for a period of time.  Thankfully, we were blessed with gorgeous weather and the students buckled down and got to work turning over beds, prepping for spring crops and seeding tray after tray of thousands of seeds. When we said goodbye on that last Friday, our small...

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Meet the Board–Dan Joins the Team

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Meet the Board–Dan Joins the Team

1) Tell us about an early experience with gardens or nature. My mother was from Belfast, Northern Ireland.  When we went to visit my grandfather’s house he had a greenhouse. I must have been 8 years old at the time. We would basically raid the greenhouse and pick strawberries and peas fresh off the vine–the best way to eat them. Since then—whereever I have lived where there was enough sun and yard—I’ve had a garden.  2) How did you get involved in CSG?  I’ve always been involved in nonprofits. My wife Katie works at UVA...

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Meet Aleen in her NEW role!

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Meet Aleen in her NEW role!

Meet Aleen in her NEW role!

1) Tell us about an early experience with gardens or nature. We didn’t have a garden at my house growing up, but I was raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, so I was always having fun outdoors; my friends and I would explore on the trails between our neighborhood and our school for hours! Of course, I also had a special love for the Amish farms (doesn’t everyone LOVE the smell of manure?!?) and the oh-so-yummy ice cream we would get there. 2) How did you get involved in CSG? My great friend Katie Reid Shevlin told me I had to hear about this...

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The Family Foundations that Support CSG

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on The Family Foundations that Support CSG

Thank you to the Family Foundations & Funds that have supported CSG and partnering programs over the year. Perrin & Peggy Quarles Fund Davenport & Spigle Rossetter-Cuthbert Fund HF & AR Tucker Family Charitable Fund LWH Family Foundation Dorothea Nelson, Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Innocenti Family Trust William M Camp Foundation Rimora Family...

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Meet the Board- Daisa joins the team!

Posted by on Feb 24, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Meet the Board- Daisa joins the team!

Meet the Board- Daisa joins the team!

1) Tell us about an early experience with gardens or nature. Growing up my mother and I would garden together. One of my favorite memories was of us going to our neighborhoods wooded creek area to find native ferns and ivy to use for landscaping. During the process through lots of laughter and mishaps, we learned quickly that ferns growing in the wild aren’t easily transplanted. 2) How did you get involved in CSG? I first got involved with CSG as the Site Director for the CLASS Program at Clark elementary.  I was asked by our school...

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