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Surprise Sunflowers

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Surprise Sunflowers

Surprise Sunflowers

by Sarah Wayne, Garden Coordinator at Jackson-Via Elementary  It’s mid-February and time to start seeds with classes. Tomatoes, peppers, and impatiens for Mother’s day flowers. Pre-K, 1st, and 3rd grade classes scoop up potting soil, sprinkle in 2 or 3 seeds and cover up them up. They water them and watch them soak up the grow light sunshine. One week later – the seeds are starting to sprout! Teachers and students are so excited that their plants are starting to grow. Emily Axelbaum, a third grade teacher and avid gardener, comes into...

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A Successful Celebration

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on A Successful Celebration

A Successful Celebration

by Jeanette Abi-Nader At the heart of City Schoolyard Garden are the youth who work every day in the gardens, growing fresh food, caring for the chickens, and cultivating their own leadership, team work and healthy living skills. What keeps this heart beating? Behind our on the ground programs is an interconnected network of partners, sponsors, and supporters providing the foundational resources for this work to happen. This month CSG celebrated with many of those partners at our first ever Winter Wonderland event on the very last day of...

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Networking Towards Just Food

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Networking Towards Just Food

by Shantell Bingham On February 14th, the Charlottesville Food Justice Network held our first in person large group meeting of the year. The gathering allowed for 28 organizational representatives to reflect on the intersections of programming, equity, and collaboration as it relates to our local food system. Here’s what happened in case you missed it. Richard Morris, Director of Food and Farmroots at UACC, opened up the meeting with a “word of the moment” icebreaker. It was refreshing to hear the words that motivate us. Fellowship,...

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Harvest of the Month-Mushrooms

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month-Mushrooms

Harvest of the Month-Mushrooms

This sunny spring day set as a perfect backdrop to our March Harvest of the Month.  As you may imagine—February and March often require some imagination and creativity when highlighting local produce that’s grown at a scale that we can distribute across the city schools. This month we ventured into the world of fungus by highlighting MUSHROOMS. Schuyler Greens and Sharondale Farms split the order of 80 pounds of Oyster Mushrooms. With the assistance of first year medical students at UVA for a 6th time this school year—we were able to...

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Healthy Schools: Composting at CCS

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Healthy Schools: Composting at CCS

Healthy Schools: Composting at CCS

By Wendy Baucom, CSG Board Member It’s easy to feel that one person can’t impact a big system, especially when you’re a kid.  And yet, thanks to Charlottesville City Schools’ commitment to using paper-based lunch trays and insuring they are delivered to a composting program, every city student will have the chance to participate in a daily small act that benefits the environment. As all good City Schoolyard Gardeners know, all kinds of garden “scraps” can be composted.  Leaves, grass, stalks, and fruits and veggies that didn’t...

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What’s Going On at CHS

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on What’s Going On at CHS

By Peter Davis, CHS Garden Coordinator This has been an incredible school year in the Charlottesville High School garden!  The Urban Farming class is now in its second year and students are really stepping up their involvement and leadership and are taking over all aspects of our ever-growing farm.   Thanks to a generous donation earlier in the Fall, students were able to upgrade our season-extending caterpillar tunnel into a more stable greenhouse where we have been able to harvest radishes and greens all year long.  This will also be a...

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Our “Sleepy” Gardens

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Our “Sleepy” Gardens

Our “Sleepy” Gardens

By Zyanya Otal, Greenbrier Garden Coordinator First and second grade students at Greenbrier started off the year learning about the differences between hibernation (when animals sleep for the winter) and dormancy (when plants “sleep” for the winter) from the warm comfort of Mrs. Plunkett’s library. Through reading the popular “Over and Under the Snow” by Kate Messner, students were able to see and point out examples of these sleepy winter habits, from the bears snoozing under the snow to leafless and covered...

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Buford Garden Aides

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Buford Garden Aides

Buford Garden Aides

Intro by Ms. Shannon Kate Elmore, Benton House, Shyanne Jones, Claudia (Carolina) Najaro-Cornejo, and Hayden Rowland work in the garden as Buford’s 6th period Garden Aide class. This team of five has been an absolute force of nature this season, tackling tasks with thoughtfulness and joy. It has been a fabulous semester of watching this group grow as individuals and as a team, sharing their senses of humor, their frustrations, similarities and differences- this crew truly became their own little garden family. While we are excited to welcome...

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Winter Wonderland

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Join us on March 19th for a winter-themed night of fun at our new annual fundraiser! Click here for more information and to register.

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Harvest of the Month BEETS it again!

Posted by on Feb 8, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month BEETS it again!

Harvest of the Month BEETS it again!

We had a blast distributing 225 lbs of delicious roasted beets this morning across Charlottesville City Schools. Beets have been on the hopeful list for a long time but we have continually steered away because of the heavy preparation that beets require. We are so grateful that we were able to recruit more than enough volunteers over Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to get the beets ready for serving yesterday morning. Growing beets is a staple in our CSG gardens. They are quick growers and can be harvested twice during the school year; once...

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