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Mr. Rick at Johnson Elementary

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Mr. Rick at Johnson Elementary

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Celebrating out Board of Directors!

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Celebrating out Board of Directors!

With all of the growth and development of CSG throughout the past 10 years, we have had the amazing guidance and support from the CSG board. Now, we are taking some time to highlight and reintroduce our amazing board members! We are starting with Ms. Andrea Trimble. How did you get involved in CSG? When I moved to Charlottesville in 2013 I quickly identified CSG as an exciting and tangible opportunity to apply my interests in food, equity, sustainability, and education, so I started volunteering with Harvest of the Month...

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Meet the Community Food Justice Advocates

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Meet the Community Food Justice Advocates

Meet the Community Food Justice Advocates

The Community Food Justice Advocates program is off to a great start. The 12-week program started in June, alongside the City Schoolyard Garden Youth Food Justice Internship. Over the summer, 4 community advocates and 7 youth interns pulled their efforts together in envisioning healthier school meals across cultural and generational lines. The product of this intergenerational leadership has shed light on the emerging power of youth-led change supported by community advocates. In early August, the youth and community advocates (many of them...

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Mud and Imagination in the Johnson Elementary

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Mud and Imagination in the Johnson Elementary

Mud and Imagination in the Johnson Elementary

Written by Rick Harden 2019 marks my eighth year in the Johnson Garden. One of the things that makes both Johnson and the garden program here so special is the sense of ownership that teachers and students have taken. Over the years, as the Garden has grown so has the overall participation across the school, and in turn, the opportunities for learning have similarly expanded. This year, every teacher at Johnson, across all grades (even the 3 year old pre-K class) scheduled weekly or biweekly garden time before the school year had even...

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Welcome Mackenzie Morgan!

Posted by on Aug 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Welcome Mackenzie Morgan!

Welcome Mackenzie Morgan!

We are so excited that Mackenzie Morgan has joined our team at CSG! Mackenzie is hired as the new full time Youth Engagement and Garden Coordinator. She is holding the Burnley Moran Garden, Greenbrier Garden and helping with our newly acquired UACC garden at City of Promise. Here’s a little about Mackenzie: 1) Tell us about an early experience with gardens and nature. Growing up I was not exposed much to gardens and nature. My parents and grandparents didn’t grow food or have gardens, so it was not until my freshman year of college at...

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Growing our Summer Camp Program

Posted by on Aug 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Growing our Summer Camp Program

Growing our Summer Camp Program

This summer, we hosted summer 8 weeks of summer camp with elementary school students as we have for years, but what an amazing expansion of reach we had this summer. With gardens in full bloom and ready for harvest, it has always been a push of ours to get the harvests into the hands of the community and it became so much easier with visits of over 170 CCS students coming through our elementary gardens each week. We had the wonderful opportunity of strengthening our programming with growing support from Charlottesville Parks and Recreation. We...

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Welcome back to CSG programming, Calista!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Welcome back to CSG programming, Calista!

We are so excited to have Calista Barbour engaging with CSG in a new way: as the new Garden Associate! 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...

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The Power in Food–2019 Youth Internship Program

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on The Power in Food–2019 Youth Internship Program

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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