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Garden Corner: Kale

Posted by on Apr 19, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | 0 comments

Garden Corner: Kale

Kale was featured as our Harvest of the Month crop for November 2018. Volunteers served kale chips at Charlottesville schools and based on the students’ reactions, they were a hit! The students even expressed interest in having kale served more often at school. Check out our blog post about kale for Harvest of the Month. Kale is a cabbage green that is packed full of nutritious vitamins and minerals. It is easy to transplant and is cold-weather hearty. We have been growing kale in the gardens over the winter and are getting ready to...

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Youth Intern Trip to DC

Posted by on Apr 19, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | 0 comments

Youth Intern Trip to DC

by Rodrigo Nunez Thanks to City Schoolyard Garden, I was able to attend the Teen Earth Optimism event in Washington DC to represent CSG with my fellow youth interns. I had thought the community of teenagers interested in healthy eating and food justice was small, but I found many teenagers from various backgrounds and ages who were also passionate about food justice and community gardens. In a discussion panel, I learned some of the reasons of why some teens decide to become vegetarians or vegans, how cultures of families affect the types of...

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Venable Weather Station

Posted by on Apr 19, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | 0 comments

Venable Weather Station

by Sarah Wayne This summer, Venable Elementary school was awarded a Shannon Foundation Grant to build a weather station. A lot has happened since then! Three separate thermometers were set up throughout the garden – one has an attached anemometer to measure wind speed. A table and chairs were also put in by the door coming inside from the garden. Bookshelves were installed, complete with gardening and weather-related books. In the last few months, fourth grade classes have been volunteering to record the air temperature and wind speed in...

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Healthy Schools: An Interview with Carlton Jones

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Healthy Schools: An Interview with Carlton Jones

by Jordan Johnson After last month’s blog post on the revitalization of the compost program at CCS Nutrition Department (if you missed it, check it out here) we are excited to share more about the CCS Nutrition Department who we have worked so closely with for many years. Over the next few months, we hope to dedicate some space in our newsletter to highlight the team and what they are doing. From Harvest of the Month, to Farm to School week, we have collaborated with this amazing team and want to continue to highlight the work put in to make...

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Sponsors | Comments Off on It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

by Richard Morris, Director of Farm & Food Roots In the fields we’ll be tilling Raised beds we’ll be building for seedlings with cheer It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Spring 2019 is here, and the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville is excited about the season ahead. For farmers, Spring really is a little like Christmas. It’s the time of year when the growing season ahead feels like a beautifully wrapped gift, waiting to be opened. In exchange for a little labor, we receive the gift of a bountiful season,...

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Surprise Sunflowers

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Surprise Sunflowers

Surprise Sunflowers

by Sarah Wayne, Garden Coordinator at Jackson-Via Elementary  It’s mid-February and time to start seeds with classes. Tomatoes, peppers, and impatiens for Mother’s day flowers. Pre-K, 1st, and 3rd grade classes scoop up potting soil, sprinkle in 2 or 3 seeds and cover up them up. They water them and watch them soak up the grow light sunshine. One week later – the seeds are starting to sprout! Teachers and students are so excited that their plants are starting to grow. Emily Axelbaum, a third grade teacher and avid gardener, comes into...

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A Successful Celebration

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on A Successful Celebration

A Successful Celebration

by Jeanette Abi-Nader At the heart of City Schoolyard Garden are the youth who work every day in the gardens, growing fresh food, caring for the chickens, and cultivating their own leadership, team work and healthy living skills. What keeps this heart beating? Behind our on the ground programs is an interconnected network of partners, sponsors, and supporters providing the foundational resources for this work to happen. This month CSG celebrated with many of those partners at our first ever Winter Wonderland event on the very last day of...

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Networking Towards Just Food

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Networking Towards Just Food

by Shantell Bingham On February 14th, the Charlottesville Food Justice Network held our first in person large group meeting of the year. The gathering allowed for 28 organizational representatives to reflect on the intersections of programming, equity, and collaboration as it relates to our local food system. Here’s what happened in case you missed it. Richard Morris, Director of Food and Farmroots at UACC, opened up the meeting with a “word of the moment” icebreaker. It was refreshing to hear the words that motivate us. Fellowship,...

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Harvest of the Month-Mushrooms

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month-Mushrooms

Harvest of the Month-Mushrooms

This sunny spring day set as a perfect backdrop to our March Harvest of the Month.  As you may imagine—February and March often require some imagination and creativity when highlighting local produce that’s grown at a scale that we can distribute across the city schools. This month we ventured into the world of fungus by highlighting MUSHROOMS. Schuyler Greens and Sharondale Farms split the order of 80 pounds of Oyster Mushrooms. With the assistance of first year medical students at UVA for a 6th time this school year—we were able to...

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Healthy Schools: Composting at CCS

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Healthy Schools: Composting at CCS

Healthy Schools: Composting at CCS

By Wendy Baucom, CSG Board Member It’s easy to feel that one person can’t impact a big system, especially when you’re a kid.  And yet, thanks to Charlottesville City Schools’ commitment to using paper-based lunch trays and insuring they are delivered to a composting program, every city student will have the chance to participate in a daily small act that benefits the environment. As all good City Schoolyard Gardeners know, all kinds of garden “scraps” can be composted.  Leaves, grass, stalks, and fruits and veggies that didn’t...

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