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A Rainy Fall at Buford

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Rainy Fall at Buford

A Rainy Fall at Buford

Fall in the garden is a beautiful, bountiful experience—in warm climates like central Virginia, it feels like a second Spring. Thanks to the tremendous work of our Summer Youth Interns, the Buford Garden began the school year as lush and verdant as ever.       Garden Aides working on their Garden Journals. What a beautiful space to welcome another round of Garden Aide classes! This year, Buford students are able to partake in either semester or year-long gardening classes, hosted by CSG’s Garden Educator for Teens, Shannon...

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Saving Seeds at Jackson-Via

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Saving Seeds at Jackson-Via

Saving Seeds at Jackson-Via

The beginning of the school year has been busy for Jackson-Via students. Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders have been harvesting, planting, and saving seeds since the school year started. Saving seeds is a unique part of the fall season that can teach us a lot more about the plants that we grow. This summer, the Boys and Girls Club Southwood summer camp planted over 70 Cherokee Long Ear Small corn plants. This rainbow kernel corn can be eaten fresh, ground into cornmeal, or made into popcorn. This year we are very excited to test out making...

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September Harvest of the Month: Watermelon

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on September Harvest of the Month: Watermelon

September Harvest of the Month: Watermelon

This year’s Harvest of the Month September kick-off was such an exciting one! September was the month of the watermelon! This is not the first time that the students in at CCS have enjoyed the delicious juiciness of a local watermelon but it is the first time it has been highlighted as the Harvest of the Month. Last year at this time local watermelon was a side option for Charlottesville City Schools’ Local on the Line program. So working with CCS’s experience with mass-preparation of watermelon from last year, and Local...

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Building Leadership through Food Justice

Posted by on Aug 23, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Building Leadership through Food Justice

Building Leadership through Food Justice

Summer 2018 was an exciting one for our Summer teen interns, and not just for the time spent in the garden. Although they spents hours of their time weeding and improving the gardens in the Charlottesville community, there was so much more! This year, CSG rolled out the Food, Rights, and Sustainable Food Futures unit during our youth internship program. This six-week educational unit introduced the six interns to the issue of food justice that span both the Charlottesville community and on a national level.  The unit was designed to allow the...

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Summer Camps

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Summer Camps

Summer Camps

Written by Tianna Washington and Jordan Johnson The summer is an amazing time for any child. Who wouldn’t feel an outrageous amount of excitement away from school? They can finally spend time as they wish, which is why when they choose to spend time in the garden, it’s a pretty big deal! This summer two Charlottesville area day camps brought students into the CSG gardens for some fun growing and eating the summer harvests: Southwood Boys and Girls Club, which was held at the Jackson-Via and Burley-Moran gardens, and Greenstone on 5th,...

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Meet Jenifer Minor, UACC Farm Manager

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Meet Jenifer Minor, UACC Farm Manager

Meet Jenifer Minor, UACC Farm Manager

Jenifer Minor is a member of the food justice network here in Charlottesville. Initially working as a Farm Apprentice with UACC, Jenifer is now UACC’s Farm Manager. She helps to maintain the garden at Friendship Court, as well as other UACC gardens. Here’s a little bit about Jenifer and her work: -What is your role at UACC? Jenifer: I get the gardens together. I do everything – seeding, harvesting, using the machines, weeding, all of it. Now, I’m also the farm manager, which means I manage Bradley (Bradley helps Jenifer out in the...

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Meet Richard Morris, CSG Outreach Program Coordinator

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Meet Richard Morris, CSG Outreach Program Coordinator

Meet Richard Morris, CSG Outreach Program Coordinator

Richard Morris joined the team at City Schoolyard Garden (CSG) in June of 2018. He acts as CSG’s Outreach Coordinator. Working with community partners, such as the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville (UACC), Richard has begun to immerse himself in conversations about food justice. Take a look at Richard’s interview below: -What does Food Justice mean to you? Richard: For me, food justice means free unbiased information about food, sans the Pavlovian conditioning of our consumerist culture to eat lots of low quality food. It...

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Partners In Growing Good Food & Community

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Partners In Growing Good Food & Community

Partners In Growing Good Food & Community

Dear Charlottesville Community: If you’ve ever wondered who was responsible for tending the beautiful and productive urban farms across the City of Charlottesville, it’s the Urban Agricultural Collective of Charlottesville (UACC). For six years, Farmer Todd Niemeier, of UACC, has been working alongside community volunteers to faithfully manage farm plots at Friendship Court, South First Street, Sixth Street and West Street. Over the past few years, UACC has faced changes and challenges with the strength of a robust community. Redevelopment...

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Path to Leadership

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Path to Leadership

Path to Leadership

We are very excited to have a not-so-new face join our team at CSG! Tianna Washington has come up through CSG programming; from one of our first Garden Aides classes, to our first year of Youth Leadership Program 2 summers ago and is now our new Garden Coordinator Associate. This summer Tianna is focusing her work on time with the Youth Leadership Program and weekly Garden Summer Camps. We are so excited for Tianna to continue to grow with CSG. We asked her some questions and here is what she had to say: 1) Tell us about an early experience...

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An exciting summer of Youth Leadership 

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on An exciting summer of Youth Leadership 

An exciting summer of Youth Leadership 

Summer 2018 brings the 3rd round of the CSG’s summer teen internship as part of our Youth Leadership Program. This year we have a truly unstoppable team of experienced student gardeners! Makayla Howard, Manny Quezada-Romero, Manuka Tamang, Rodrigo Nunez, Jerome Jackson, and Bradley Ragland are our amazing youth interns this year! Manny, Makayla, Manuka and Rodrigo are placed with CSG and braving the heat and working hard to maintain the 8 school gardens. Jerome, based at City of Promise and Bradley, based at Urban Agriculture Collective of...

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