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SPRING SEEDLING GIVEAWAY IS STILL ON!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on SPRING SEEDLING GIVEAWAY IS STILL ON!

SPRING SEEDLING GIVEAWAY IS STILL ON!

CSG’s annual Spring Seedling Giveaway is still on, but naturally with a few new adaptations! With the help of UAC’s growing spaces, we have been able to continue what the students started and grow over 9,000 plants again this year! If you would like to take some of these organically-grown veggies, herbs and flowers home and start a garden of your own, you can access them in the following ways: Thursday, May 7th (at the UAC garden on 6th Street on the corner of Monticello and 6th)  We are practicing social distancing and will ensure that...

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Meet the Board: Rachael Boston

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Meet the Board: Rachael Boston

Meet the Board: Rachael Boston

1) Tell us about an early experience with gardens or nature. My earliest experience with gardening was not until I was an adult.  Growing up in my household back in the day – was not centered on cultivating oneness with nature nor the production of food, but we most definitely believed in the consumption of it! The shift began when I became an adult and began living my life independently.  I defined how I wanted to live a meaningful life, and I feel it’s nearly impossible to do that without communing in and with nature.  We are...

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Meet Gabby Levet! The New FJN Associate

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Meet Gabby Levet! The New FJN Associate

Meet Gabby Levet! The New FJN Associate

We are excited to add to the FJN team to include the new Charlottesville Food Justice Network Associate, Gabby Levet. As we interview all the new members of our team, Gabby sat down and answered a few questions about herself and what she’s excited about. 1) Tell us about an early experience with gardens and nature. I grew up visiting my grandparents in Deltaville, VA where they had a huge and wild backyard garden. My grandpa believes in letting the plants do what they want and learning from their cycles. He taught me to listen to their...

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Johnson Garden Updates

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Johnson Garden Updates

Johnson Garden Updates

The Johnson Garden is awfully quiet right now. Although the larger Johnson community is at home and the Garden is locked up, I continue to visit our garden almost daily and am taking special care to make sure that it continues to thrive in anticipation of everyone’s return. I have to say, it does feel mighty lonely sometimes. At the same time I have so many wonderful memories it is still a joyful place to be. What I’ve planted so far: Corn, zucchini, carrots, beets, radishes , onions, kale, spinach, arugula, collards, red lettuce,...

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All About Cabbage at Clark

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on All About Cabbage at Clark

All About Cabbage at Clark

Once a month during the school year, first and second graders at Clark Elementary participate in garden themed activities during their library time. The lesson is always focused on the Harvest of the Month fruit or vegetable. The Harvest of the Month vegetable for February was cabbage. For their lesson, students read a book about cabbages, practiced using different kinds of cabbage leaves to make bookmark leaf rubbings, taste tested cabbage stew, and started red and green cabbages from seed. The cabbage leaf rubbings used purple, green, and...

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Harvest of the Month- Kale Recipes

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month- Kale Recipes

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 | Comments Off on Meet the Board: Audrey

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 | Comments Off on Meet the Board! Welcome Back Matt Darring

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 | Comments Off on Meet Michael James! The New UAC Operations Manager

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 | Comments Off on New Season, New Challenges

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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