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Meet Tianna Washington

Posted by on Nov 21, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Meet Tianna Washington

Meet Tianna Washington

Do you know the impact of growing a garden? Today it’s easy to feel lost, because the connection between us and nature is being left behind. When we were children, we wanted to be outside, but as adults we forget the importance of tranquility. There is strength in simplicity, as technology evolves our society has forgotten simplicity and our instincts. Although we are more evolved, we are still animals and we have been taken out of our habitat, stress and anxiety is sure to come with that. We are so busy these days we may not even notice...

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Meet Zyanya and Andy

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Meet Zyanya and Andy

Meet Zyanya and Andy

            INTERVIEW WITH ANDY BLUNK 1) Tell us about an early experience with gardens and nature. My mom is a wetland biologist, and is somewhat evangelical in her approach to her passions, at least with her children. I grew up looking under rocks to find all the different microinvertebrates present and hearing my mom comment on the indicated stream health. It became second nature to ask, “what is underneath there?” and “what does that indicate about the larger system present?”....

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In the Johnson Garden

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on In the Johnson Garden

In the Johnson Garden

written by Rick Harden, Johnson Garden Coordinator With 15 classes scheduled over the course of the week (one to four each day Monday through Friday); the addition of some new activities and several ongoing projects, we’ve had a busy fall in the Johnson Garden despite a less than successful growing season. We are making progress turning the upper garden into a butterfly and bird sanctuary (with lots of flowering plants), designing a mud kitchen, and rebuilding our bug motel — all with input and help from the Johnson community of...

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Southern Mustard Greens Recipe

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Southern Mustard Greens Recipe

Southern Mustard Greens Recipe

Ingredients 6 slices thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, chopped 1/2 onion, chopped 4 bunches mustard greens, trimmed and chopped 2 cups chicken broth 1 tablespoon cider vinegar Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Hot sauce, for serving Directions Place the bacon in a large, wide pot and cook over medium heat until some of the fat has rendered and the bacon is light golden, about 5 minutes. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes more. Add the mustard greens in batches, letting each...

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Meet Beatrice–Volunteer and Advocate at UACC

Posted by on Nov 15, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Meet Beatrice–Volunteer and Advocate at UACC

Meet Beatrice–Volunteer and Advocate at UACC

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” – Maya Angelou As a long-time volunteer with UACC’s urban farm, Beatrice Clark has been “throwing something back” to the Charlottesville community for more than 5 years. Her family relocated to Charlottesville, from Delaware, when she was 6 years old. They lived on Page Street where Beatrice remembers a large garden bursting with lettuce and green beans, corn and carrots, and her favorite,...

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November Harvest of the Month–Kale

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on November Harvest of the Month–Kale

November Harvest of the Month–Kale

Yesterday was our November Harvest of the Month and if there was a single take-away from the day, it is this: Charlottesville students love Kale. Yesterday cafeteria tasting tables across the district were packed of kids filled with interest and excitement over the kale served. Many students have already tasted Kale. Many of the City Schoolyard Gardens have Kale growing as spring and fall staples. Students regularly enjoy the kale sautéed up with the mobile kitchen, made into a Kale pesto and other delicious recipes. Kale is also how the...

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2018 Farm to School and Healthy Schools Week!

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2018 Farm to School and Healthy Schools Week!

2018 Farm to School and Healthy Schools Week!

In case you missed it, October 1-October 5 was Healthy Schools Week in Charlottesville as well as Virginia Farm-to-School Week. All week long, CSG and our partners hosted and sponsored events in Charlottesville City Schools to promote local, sustainable growing and healthful food access. Public schools are an important part of CSG’s mission, and Farm to School Week showcased several of the ways that students experience what local  Virginia agriculture has to offer and how it connects to their lives. Charlottesville City School students...

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Celebrating the Harvest Festival 2018!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Sponsors | Comments Off on Celebrating the Harvest Festival 2018!

Celebrating the Harvest Festival 2018!

written by Shannon Gaffey, Garden Educator for Teens Fall is one of my favorite seasons: it’s a season of bounty in the gardens, high energy in our schools, and a collective sigh of relief when the heat of summer finally breaks. It’s a season that lends itself towards celebration, and the Fall Harvest Festival at Buford exemplifies all these things in one evening of community fun, food and relaxation. While the Festival takes place all in one evening, it is actually a month-long program that includes the Family and Consumer Science (FACS)...

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Harvest of the Month- October 2018

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month- October 2018

Harvest of the Month- October 2018

Surrounded by the hype and excitement of goats and bees in the gardens, exciting lunch menu items and farmer visits, we had a staple program snuck in the mix: Harvest of the Month. Our 32nd month of highlighting a local crop was as successful as they can get. The brightly colored cherry tomatoes were so wonderful to share with the students. Although our blog is late—we are excited that it was because there was so much excitement and energy around other CSG activities and programming! Because of this very wet fall, while harvests of...

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Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week is Here!

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week is Here!

Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week is Here!

            We have a jam-packed week next week FULL of farmer visits, healthy school lunch options, tastings, farm animals, harvest of the month, and our 9th Annual Harvest Festival on October 5th from 5:30-7:30 at Buford Middle School. We are excited to be joined by many many community partners next week. Here is all that is happening this week: Farmer/Farm Animal Visits Tuesday October 2nd  Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville (UACC) farmers Visit Clark Elementary to make Scarecrows. Piedmont...

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