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Welcome back to CSG programming, Caista!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | 0 comments

We are so excited to have Calista Barbour working with CSG in a new way! Calista started working in the gardens in  Middle School–involved back when CSG was one garden at Buford. She is joining us again, a now recent graduate of CCS, as the Garden Associate at CSG. She is taking what she has learned and helping to guide the next generation through the garden programming.Calista hit the ground running this summer as she helped lead all of the elementary school garden camps. We are excited that she has chosen to continue at CSG as a...

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The Power in Food–2019 Youth Internship Program

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | 0 comments

The Power in Food–2019 Youth Internship Program

Written by Makayla Howard, a 4th year Food Justice Intern  Summer of 2019 was one of our best summers yet. Our workdays were filled with harvesting, weeding, and planting but the best part of it all was having the ability to meet new people and learn a little more about our city’s history.  This summer we had the honor of participating in the Local Food, Local Places seminar. We, as interns, started our day with a workday at Charlottesville High School, where we later held lunch, gave our introductions and talked about the events before...

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Local Food, Local Places

Posted by on Jul 26, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Local Food, Local Places

Local Food, Local Places

On July 16th and 17th, the Charlottesville Food Justice Network and the City of Charlottesville held a community event called Local Foods, Local Places. This event was made possible through a technical assistance grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. There was tremendous turnout at the event, with 4 foundations, 7 federal and state partners, 4 city departments, 6 housing and redevelopment organizations, and 16 non-profits present. The workshop was a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and align on the topic of...

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Preparing Dilly Beans

Posted by on Jul 26, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Preparing Dilly Beans

This week we spent time making some quick dilly beans with the student interns. The major take away recipe that we talked about was the 1:1:1 ratio for the brine; this is 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, 1 tbsp of salt. We encouraged them to get creative with the aromatics. We brought dill, mustard seeds, pepper corn, coriander, hot peppers, to fill their dilly bean jar with. Here is a very simple recipe for some dilly beans! Put 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 tbsp of salt in a pan and bring to a boil. While waiting for this brine to boil...

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Monacan Seed Keepers

Posted by on Jul 24, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Monacan Seed Keepers

Monacan Seed Keepers

On May 24th, Unity Day Cville hosted a presentation by members of the Monacan tribe highlighting the history of the land that we call Charlottesville and we were lucky enough that a team member was able to make it to hear the conversation. A Monacan tribe researcher shared  stories about the history and modern day tribe members. This inspirational message that has sparked excitement for our team to learn more and ensure that this message continues to be shared with the community and youth in our programming. As we researched more about the...

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Garden Updates at CHS

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Garden Updates at CHS

Garden Updates at CHS

As we are bringing our summer programming with our amazing youth interns to a close, I’d love to take a minute and reflect on the past few months here at Charlottesville High School and give you a peek into what is in store for the 2019-2020 school year! Two of the most notable differences you’ll see if you visit the CHS garden are the wildflower plantings as well as the new expansions we are adding to our garden. We started smothering the grass (a much better way to get rid of grass than spraying chemicals or breaking your back with a...

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Fairy in the Garden at BME

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Fairy in the Garden at BME

Fairy in the Garden at BME

Spring brought more than just the usual flowers and bugs to the Burnley Moran garden: the garden club also set up a home and mailbox for a fairy to move to the garden. Immediately the fairy began to write letters to students, and students read, responded, and created places for the fairy to live. The following weeks were filled with 1st and 2nd grade students creating habitat for a garden fairy throughout the garden; students of all ages creating homes, structures and art pieces out of materials found in the garden; kindergarteners practicing...

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Garden Aides Blog

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Garden Aides Blog

Garden Aides Blog

Buford Garden Aides, 2018-2019 Intro by Ms. Shannon Garden Aides Emma, Victoria and Jin spent the full 2018-2019 school year living the garden life here at Buford Middle School. From the Fall Harvest Festival to the Spring Seedling Giveaway, this trio tackled big and small projects alike, combining their strong individualism and growing teamwork skills to get the job done, all while cultivating friendships and food. Here are some of their stories from their year in the garden. For more student stories from the Fall season, read here:...

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Virginia Organizing Helps UACC’s Gardens Grow

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Virginia Organizing Helps UACC’s Gardens Grow

Virginia Organizing Helps UACC’s Gardens Grow

If you missed the sign out front, you could easily mistake the Charlottesville office of Virginia Organizing as just another residence on this quiet tree-lined street of modest homes and neatly trimmed lawns.  Passersby might never guess that inside is an organization, 24 years strong, committed to fighting for fairness and equality across the social justice spectrum. Michele Mattioli celebrates her 20th year with Virginia Organizing where she serves as the Special Projects Coordinator. She explained, “We are community organizers and we...

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Simple Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Simple Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Simple Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Ingredients 5 cups rhubarb about 3 large stalks, cut into 1⁄2″ cubes 2 cups hulled and halved strawberries about 1 pint 1/5 cups honey 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice from about half of a large lemon Instructions Combine all ingredients in a medium to large saucepan over medium heat. Once mixture starts to bubble, reduce heat to medium low. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the jam has thickened. Plan on cooking jam for about an hour. Place in a jar to can or store in the...

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