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Moving Towards More Just Communities on MLK Day

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Moving Towards More Just Communities on MLK Day

Today, we celebrate one of our nations most influential social change agents, Martin Luther King Jr. A pioneer in the field of human rights, Rev. King, as well as many other activist such as Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hammer, and Malcolm X, fought to end legalized segregation in the United States. On July 2nd, 1964, the cry of the civil rights movement was finally answered when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law ending the legalized practice of segregation. However, even though segregation was legally...

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Greenbrier Year End Wrap-up!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Greenbrier Year End Wrap-up!

In the Greenbrier Elementary Garden we are just wrapping up our season to get ready for the new year! We have had yet another exciting year out with students. We have even added some exciting new infrastructure projects in the garden including a new pergola for shading! As with every season; we had some crops that produce bounties (this year we had especially good crops of cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, bitter melon, and corn.) Parents of students in afterschool garden club may be quite familiar with what is producing well...

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Youth come together in the garden

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Youth come together in the garden

Youth come together in the garden

“The CSG garden is one of the few places where kids from all backgrounds, from all academic abilities, from all economic levels, where they all come together and they all work together.” —Eric Johnson, Buford Middle School Principal   Hands-on, experiential education is proven to accelerate and amplify learning, and we know that students are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables that they’ve grown themselves. Less easily measured—but just as important—are the opportunities that CSG’s gardens provide for students of...

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The Buford Garden Aides Spill About The Fall Semester at Buford

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on The Buford Garden Aides Spill About The Fall Semester at Buford

The Buford Garden Aides Spill About The Fall Semester at Buford

The students at Buford Middle School not only experience the garden, but they live it!  Their friendships, joys, learning experiences, and challenges are rooted in the foundation of their “story like” journey.  What is a journey if you can’t talk about it, right? Working with Joshua Rene of The Spill Teem, Jasna, Tabi, Khadija, Emma, Anastasia, Hank, Jane, Izzy, Mia, and Ariela wrote about their semester, and we are thrilled for you to get a glimpse from a few of them about their time in the City Schoolyard Garden at Buford.  Welcome...

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Students Present to School Board on School Gardens

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Students Present to School Board on School Gardens

Students Present to School Board on School Gardens

On December 7th, we had two fantastic students talk at the CCS School Board Meeting to share their stories of working in the CSG Garden. Anastasia Turner-Taylor and Jerome Jackson both talked about what drew them to the school garden initially and why they have stayed ever since! Anastasia is a student in the Buford Garden Aide class and Jerome spends time in the garden through the CHS Garden to Market Class and was an intern this past summer. Both students shared beautiful stories that show the importance of garden programming in schools...

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Harvest of the Month: Sweet Sweet Potatoes!

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month: Sweet Sweet Potatoes!

Harvest of the Month: Sweet Sweet Potatoes!

Written by Jordan Johnson, CSG Program Coordinator It is official. Officially official! As of December, we are finally completing Harvest of the Month at Buford Middle School which means that we are at every Charlottesville City School! And what a way to start this leg of the program with everyone’s favorite winter side: SWEET POTATOES! With just a few minutes to spare, we got the (still warm) freshly roasted sweet potatoes to all of the schools by lunch. And, as hoped, the way that Karen, the cook at the CCS Central Kitchen (pictured with...

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Gardens Build Bridges for Youth

Posted by on Nov 24, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Gardens Build Bridges for Youth

Gardens Build Bridges for Youth

Your support grows youth leadership. Meet Makayla Howard. Makayla has been a garden leader since she was a Garden Aide at Buford Middle School. Leadership for Makayla means taking care of living things, teaching younger kids about fun and learning in the garden, and being part of a team. Your support makes garden leadership possible. From elementary school students giving garden tours -to high school students, like Makayla, teaching summer camps as a paid youth intern. Give today to keep these programs — and our gardens —...

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Student Art Shines at Cultivar by Karen Kennedy, CSG Board Member

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Student Art Shines at Cultivar by Karen Kennedy, CSG Board Member

Student Art Shines at Cultivar by Karen Kennedy, CSG Board Member

Since early 2016, City Schoolyard Garden has partnered with Buford Middle School art teacher, Desmond Cormier, to spotlight student art work in our Harvest of the Month posters...

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Vanguard Ranch Visits BME by Matt Darring, CSG Garden Coordinator at Burnley-Moran

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Vanguard Ranch Visits BME by Matt Darring, CSG Garden Coordinator at Burnley-Moran

Vanguard Ranch Visits BME by Matt Darring, CSG Garden Coordinator at Burnley-Moran

Do a google image search for “American Farmer” and up will pop image after image of people on farms looking out at the horizon, or at the soil, or climbing onto a tractor. If you look at the pattern of faces you will notice a trend. Without scrolling my search shows me 60 images. Of those only 2 are of a woman without a man in the image, and only one has a person of color and he is male. Three of the images have machines and no visible people, and five of the images contain a livestock animal of some sort. The rest are predictable...

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Cauliflower Cauliflower Everywhere!

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Cauliflower Cauliflower Everywhere!

Cauliflower Cauliflower Everywhere!

Today, we celebrated the third Harvest of the Month of the year! This morning the students heard this on the announcements: This vegetable has a white head and grows very low to the ground. It is made up of many small stalks, and makes a crunch when you bite into it. It is a close cousin to broccoli. And we have some very knowledgeable students at CCS who guessed that it was CAULIFLOWER! CCS Central Kitchen staff were up and at it bright and early this morning seasoning and roasting the cauliflower. It was still warm and smelled delicious by...

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