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Charlottesville Food Justice Network Launches New Website!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | 0 comments

Charlottesville Food Justice Network Launches New Website!

Over the past months, partners in Charlottesville Food Justice Network, a program of City Schoolyard Garden, have been working tirelessly to strategize around building a food secure city for all our citizens, as well as create a communication plan to show our work and engage the wider public. We’re pleased to announce that one way our efforts are materializing is with the launch of our new website where you will find resources on our strategy, views, and learning materials such as white papers, equity frameworks, and presentations. Members...

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What has SPRUNG at Johnson!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | 0 comments

What has SPRUNG at Johnson!

Spring is finally upon us in the Johnson Garden. Early spring in the Johnson Garden has been surprisingly busy. Taking advantage of any warm day, we have spent our time outside getting ready for planting by turning beds and sifting compost, and learning about the natural processes and creatures that help our garden grow. Using our new x4.5 magnifying glasses, we studied worms, centipedes, rolly-pollys and beetle larvae (grubs). Demystifying these creatures is essential to creating serious student gardeners and scientists. On colder days, we...

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Harvest of the Month- Baby Kale

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Harvest of the Month- Baby Kale

What an awesome sign of spring–eating the fresh, tender leaves of a Baby Kale plant! Yesterday marked our 7th Harvest of the Month this school year, this time highlighting Baby Kale grown by Hartland Natural Farms, a student-run farm at the Hartland Institute. Hartland Institute is a Christian missionary college in Madison County, so this Baby Kale was grown, harvested, and eaten by students! Yesterday was a time of experiencing and learning when it came to Harvest of the Month. So far this year, the majority of the crops have been...

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We’re Hiring a Garden Educator for Teens!

Posted by on Apr 6, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on We’re Hiring a Garden Educator for Teens!

We’re Hiring a Garden Educator for Teens!

Now Hiring! – CSG Garden Educator for Teens City Schoolyard Garden is looking for a motivated candidate to work with youth in the garden as our Garden Educator for Teens starting this summer. This is a dynamic opportunity to build the garden program at Buford Middle School and to direct CSG’s Youth Leadership Program, including our summer teen interns.  The Garden Educator is responsible for maintaining a vibrant, student-run garden and integrating garden-based curriculum ties at Buford Middle School; directing youth leadership...

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Growing at Greenbrier!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Growing at Greenbrier!

Growing at Greenbrier!

We’ve all heard the saying that March comes in like a lion…well, I don’t know if you’ve noticed but this year it certainly started out cold!  At Greenbrier, classes have been starting early spring seeds indoors, where the atmosphere is decidedly more lamb-like. So far, students in seven classes have planted a range of seeds, from spinach and kale to zinnias and petunias.  They are observing the seeds sprout under clear domes with grow-lights. This a great opportunity for teachers at all grade levels to review lessons about what...

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Dreaming Big at Clark Elementary!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Dreaming Big at Clark Elementary!

Dreaming Big at Clark Elementary!

Early spring is always a great time in the garden – it’s a time to reflect, a time to plan, and a time to dream big! Students at Clark Elementary have been hard at work  and excited to plan and prepare for a luscious spring garden. We started our garden preparations this February. Seven classes in all, grades K-4, helped start lettuce, swiss chard, herbs, peppers and tomatoes under the Clark grow lights. The grow lights are kept in the library and are watered every day by the students. Some of them will be ready to make their way out into...

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Harvest of the Month- We SQUASHED it!

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month- We SQUASHED it!

Harvest of the Month- We SQUASHED it!

“Oh—it’s kind of sweet!” -Buford Student “Taste like a pumpkin!” -Johnson Student “I knew it was going to be squash! I guessed it!” -Johnson Student “I’ll probably eat the whole bowl.” -Venable Student These were quotes that rang through the district this morning as we came in with our freshly roasted Butternut Squash. This month, although one of the most labor-intensive, has been my favorite Harvest of the Month’s yet! With an unprecedented number of volunteers it took a...

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Whats Happening at the Venable Garden?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Whats Happening at the Venable Garden?

Whats Happening at the Venable Garden?

Written by Sarah Wayne, Venable Garden Coordinator I started working as the Garden Coordinator at Venable this fall. It has been a wonderful year so far. Lots of new things to taste, learn about, and do in the garden. And lots of wonderful teachers, parents, and students to meet! We started off the year with a visit from five baby chicks. Students stopped by during the day to learn more about what they do and why people raise them. While obviously being very cute – students were also interested in the different chicken breeds and where the...

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Meet the New Board Team!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Meet the New Board Team!

Meet the New Board Team!

Tell us about an early experience with gardens and nature: Crystal Beasley My granny was a gardener and I had the opportunity to spend many fun-filled days with her either in the garden, washing, cutting, canning veggies, or in the kitchen with her, cooking delicious recipes. Wendy Baucom I was inspired by Alice Waters to find out what was going on in my kids’ schools with nutrition and fresh food.  I have to admit I didn’t know too much about it; since my kids have always brought lunches from home, I paid very little attention to the...

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Goodbye to GC Matt Darring

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Goodbye to GC Matt Darring

Goodbye to GC Matt Darring

This month CSG said a sad goodbye to Matt Darring, as he steps back from his position as garden coordinator at Burnley-Moran.  Known for his Mr. McGregor impersonation, passion for project-based lessons in the garden, Great Potato Harvest, vast historical knowledge, and incomparable excel and math skills, we’re glad to have him in the CCS and CSG community still, but will miss him greatly in our staff circle. Peter Davis, CSG Garden Coordinator at CHS, summed him up best:   “He is a special person with a heart as big...

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