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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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Celebrating our 10th Annual Fall Harvest Festival

Posted by on Oct 24, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Celebrating our 10th Annual Fall Harvest Festival

Celebrating our 10th Annual Fall Harvest Festival

Fall is a season naturally inclined towards celebration: it’s a time of bounty in the gardens, high energy in our schools, and a collective sigh of relief when the heat of summer finally breaks. It’s a season of food and community, and the Fall Harvest Festival at Buford exemplifies all these things in one evening of community fun, food and relaxation. While the Festival takes place all in one evening, it is actually a month-long program that includes the Family and Consumer Science (FACS) Veggie Cook-Off Competition, PE, ESOL, and Garden...

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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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