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Birds at Burnley Moran

Posted by on Feb 19, 2020 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Birds at Burnley Moran

Birds at Burnley Moran

Something that we get asked a lot as garden coordinators with CSG is “What do you do in the winter?” While it is true that there have been days during these cold and rainy months that I wish it were spring already, there is still ample exploration going on in our gardens and in classrooms this time of year. We use this time to do activities that are adaptable to both indoor and outdoor, in case we have a nice day that allows us to get outside (which has happened a lot this winter). Some of the activities we’ve been doing are bean...

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Winter Cooking at Greenbrier

Posted by on Feb 19, 2020 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Winter Cooking at Greenbrier

Winter Cooking at Greenbrier

Since starting as a garden coordinator at Burnley Moran and Greenbrier Elementary Schools, I’ve been surprised by how excited students are about trying food. In the fall when the gardens were still teeming with tomatoes, peas, bok choi and more, it was common to turn around to see students with a handful of vegetables or a mouth stuffed with lettuce. I remember this time that a student tapped me in the garden, “Miss Mackenzie, look at my burrito!” She’d stuffed a malabar spinach leaf with 2 cherry tomatoes and a snap pea. Not a class...

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Harvest of the Month–CABBAGE

Posted by on Feb 7, 2020 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month–CABBAGE

For flavorful February, we are celebrating CABBAGE as the Harvest of the Month! Cabbage is one of the few crops that you can store for a couple of months and still be good, perfect for a late winter snack! We had the cabbage shredded with some salt and lemon juice prepared by our wonderful volunteers! The CCS Nutrition Department also highlighted cabbage yesterday. Some steamed with salt and butter, some boiled in stock and, wow was their cabbage a hit. When asked which one they liked better, so often the cooked cabbage won. Carlton Jones,...

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Harvest of the Month–Cripps Pink Apples

Posted by on Jan 10, 2020 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month–Cripps Pink Apples

Harvest of the Month–Cripps Pink Apples

This month marks 5 years of Harvest of the Month in the Charlottesville City Schools. Five years ago we highlighted our first crop: Pink Lady Apples (aka Cripps Pink Apples). This month, to celebrate our 43rd crop, we again, highlighted the Cripps Pink apple. Since the very first crop, done in January 2015, we have been skipping January for Harvest of the month (highlighting 4 fall crops and 4 spring crops) as a time to regroup. It also was consistently a challenge to find a local crop to highlight in the dead of winter. This year, we decided...

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Food Justice Presentation in Savannah!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Food Justice Presentation in Savannah!

December 10th , 2019 brought your City Schoolyard Garden and Charlottesville Food Justice Network team members to Savannah, GA for the Community Food Systems Conference as key workshop presenters during the 2-day summit. Our diverse team of 3 youth food justice interns from Charlottesville High School, Grace King, Emmanuel Quezada-Romero, and Amyah Limbacher, alongside mother and community food justice advocate Tamara Wright with her children Legend and Jayleana held an engaging workshop on defining food justice within each sector of our...

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4th pd Garden Aides, Fall 2019

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on 4th pd Garden Aides, Fall 2019

Introduction by Ms. Shannon One of the most meaningful and unique parts of the Buford garden Aide classes is that students meet every day with the same small team to work towards two common goals: cultivating healthy food and peaceful, beautiful spaces for every student at Buford Middle. It’s been a jam-packed semester, and it’s hard to believe that winter break is already here. Beyond that, spring planning lies just around the corner. Before looking forward to the next season,  Demetrius, Jeremy, Ananda and Caroline, the 4th period...

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Harvest of the Month at Clark

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month at Clark

Harvest of the Month at Clark

This year at Clark Elementary, the Harvest of the Month program has extended outside of the cafeteria and into the library. The Harvest of the Month program serves up local, seasonal fruits and vegetables once a month throughout the school year. Students sample it on the lunch line or in the cafeteria when it’s handed out by volunteers. The Clark librarian, Mary Craig, has incorporated Harvest of the Month fruits and vegetables into 1st and 2nd grade library time so that one week out of each month, students have a hands-on garden activity,...

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Meet Calista Barbour

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Meet Calista Barbour

Meet Calista Barbour

Calista started in the garden as a 7th grader at Buford. Now, she is 18 and leading others in the garden as a Garden Associate with CSG. Here she is pictured with third-grader Alex. “Working with CSG has helped me to use my voice and share my opinions too. It’s been a safe place to practice being a leader because I know that the team cares about me and that we are working together to grow something beautiful.” –Calista Barbour When students work in the garden, they get to make choices. They take leadership in deciding what to plant,...

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Harvest of the Month-December 2019

Posted by on Dec 16, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month-December 2019

Harvest of the Month-December 2019

Last week, we highlighted our final Harvest of the Month of 2019: Sweet Potatoes. This was the second time of highlighting the delicious tubers. The last time we did it, was 2017 and students were still as excited as they were the first time(even for those who “don’t like potatoes”). Students got to sample the roasted sweet potatoes prepared by CSG (cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice) as well as the sweet potato fries baked by the school kitchens. At Venable elementary students were so excited to eat all the forms of sweet potatoes....

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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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