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Meet Rodrigo, CSG Food Justice Intern

Posted by on Nov 25, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Meet Rodrigo, CSG Food Justice Intern

Meet Rodrigo, CSG Food Justice Intern

This year we celebrate 10 years of growing, learning, connecting, leading, and healing together! Ten years ago, when the garden program first started at Buford, I was 8 years old and in the third grade. It wasn’t a few years until I had my first experience in the garden. It was kinda of hard time for me in middle school. Mentally, I was feeling very frustrated and didn’t really know how to handle my emotions. I also didn’t feel very valued or appreciated by many of my peers. And, I would have gone through the school feeling desperately...

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CSG, Selected for Design Marathon!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on CSG, Selected for Design Marathon!

CSG, Selected for Design Marathon!

In October we, along with program partners Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville and the Charlottesville Food Justice Network, were lucky enough to watch genius in action. Our three partner organizations were selected as this year’s Design Marathon Client Partner. The Sixth Annual Design Marathon brought together upwards of 50 regional graphic designers who were given the challenge to create a comprehensive visual identity for our partner programs in our tenth year. The day began with our program leaders Jeanette, Shantell &...

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UACC: Celebrating Twelve Years of Growing

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on UACC: Celebrating Twelve Years of Growing

UACC: Celebrating Twelve Years of Growing

The farming life is fraught with uncertainty about the weather. On the Saturday before UACC’s Fall Garden Gathering, the temperature struggled to reach a chilly 45 degrees before dropping back below freezing. But then just like that, Sunday arrived with sunny skies and an almost balmy 66 degrees. The day grew brighter still with the laughter of children skirting about the big tent set up for the event, a day bookended by cheerful greetings and bittersweet memories.  It was the end of an era at Friendship Court. After 12 years of working...

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Grains Grains Grains at Jackson-Via

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Grains Grains Grains at Jackson-Via

Grains Grains Grains at Jackson-Via

Humans have grown and milled grains such as corn and wheat for thousands of years. For most of those years, the task was accomplished with hand tools. As part of the Kindergarten Social Studies unit Long ago and Today, three classes at Jackson Via learned first-hand to make flours from whole corn and wheat, while wondering what everyday life was like more than 100 years ago. Students used mortars and pestles, a tool that was commonly used by Native Americans, as well as a hand-cranked grain mill. After grinding the grains, we sifted them...

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Youth Intern Workday

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Youth Intern Workday

Join the Food Justice interns on November 23rd at the Charlottesville High School garden from 9:00-12:00. They will be working with Peter Davis, CHS Garden Coordinator to do some winter projects in the growing space. Any length of time available is appreciated. Please contact volunteer@cityschoolyardgarden.org if you are interested in showing...

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November Harvest of the Month—ASIAN PEARS

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on November Harvest of the Month—ASIAN PEARS

November Harvest of the Month—ASIAN PEARS

Harvest of the Month is in full swing this year. Now, in our third month of the year, we are highlighting ASIAN PEARS. With pears from Saunders Brothers Farm, last week we kicked off the month with a taste test in the cafeteria. With cutting boards and wedgers in hand, we showed up to the schools to taste test the crispy, sweet, juicy Asian Pear. We’ve been so excited this year to make some additions to the Harvest of the Month program. Firstly, this summer we met with Carlton Jones, Nutrition Director at CCS, who agreed to highlight the...

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Celebrating the CATEC Culinary Team!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Celebrating the CATEC Culinary Team!

Celebrating the CATEC Culinary Team!

During the Fall Harvest Festival this year, we were so lucky to partner up with the CATEC Culinary Arts team with their Food Truck converted School Bus. This Food Bus was established from a grant that CATEC received in the 2017/18 school year. With the grant funds, they received a decommissioned old school bus, and with the help of many trades in the school (Building Trades, Electrical. Auto body, Automotive teams) they put together the Food Bus which is named “Technical Eats”. The Food Bus makes special appearances at selected events,...

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Harvest of the Month- ZUCCHINI

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month- ZUCCHINI

Harvest of the Month- ZUCCHINI

October we are celebrating ZUCCHINI as the Harvest of the Month. This month, we highlighted zucchini on the lunch line, in the garden and we even had a special station at the 10th Annual Fall Harvest Festival where we sampled some sautéed zucchini it as well! Students had access to zucchini in many prepared forms; steamed zucchini on the menu  on Thursday 10/3 AND during Farm to School week, sautéed at the Fall harvest Festival and eaten raw zucchini sticks with hummus in the gardens. We got lots of feedback about all the forms from the...

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Farm to School/Healthy Schools Week 2019

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Farm to School/Healthy Schools Week 2019

Farm to School/Healthy Schools Week 2019

This year we had another wonderful Farm to School week full of great food and farm visits. Farm to School Week is a Virginia “program [that] promotes opportunities for schools, distributors and growers to work together to increase the volume of locally grown foods served in school cafeterias and dining halls at all levels of education.” At City Schoolyard Garden and CCS we take it further to incorporate agricultural-based lessons and activities in the garden to connect the work that students do every day in their school gardens with the...

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Fall In the Venable Garden

Posted by on Oct 24, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Fall In the Venable Garden

Fall In the Venable Garden

written by Sarah Wayne October is a month filled with change. Elementary school students frequently go outside to observe these sometimes-subtle changes to the world around them. In Kindergarten, students observe the changing leaves and temperatures. Older grades focus on plant life cycles and how they revolve around the seasons. Fall is a great time to look for seeds. Maple trees drop their helicopters, milkweed sends its seeds out into the air, and squirrels rush to bury fallen acorns. There are many seeds in the gardens that are ready to...

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