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Monacan Seed Keepers

Posted by on Jul 24, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Monacan Seed Keepers

Monacan Seed Keepers

On May 24th, Unity Day Cville hosted a presentation by members of the Monacan tribe highlighting the history of the land that we call Charlottesville and we were lucky enough that a team member was able to make it to hear the conversation. A Monacan tribe researcher shared  stories about the history and modern day tribe members. This inspirational message that has sparked excitement for our team to learn more and ensure that this message continues to be shared with the community and youth in our programming. As we researched more about the...

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Garden Updates at CHS

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Garden Updates at CHS

Garden Updates at CHS

As we are bringing our summer programming with our amazing youth interns to a close, I’d love to take a minute and reflect on the past few months here at Charlottesville High School and give you a peek into what is in store for the 2019-2020 school year! Two of the most notable differences you’ll see if you visit the CHS garden are the wildflower plantings as well as the new expansions we are adding to our garden. We started smothering the grass (a much better way to get rid of grass than spraying chemicals or breaking your back with a...

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Fairy in the Garden at BME

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Fairy in the Garden at BME

Fairy in the Garden at BME

Spring brought more than just the usual flowers and bugs to the Burnley Moran garden: the garden club also set up a home and mailbox for a fairy to move to the garden. Immediately the fairy began to write letters to students, and students read, responded, and created places for the fairy to live. The following weeks were filled with 1st and 2nd grade students creating habitat for a garden fairy throughout the garden; students of all ages creating homes, structures and art pieces out of materials found in the garden; kindergarteners practicing...

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Garden Aides Blog

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Garden Aides Blog

Garden Aides Blog

Buford Garden Aides, 2018-2019 Intro by Ms. Shannon Garden Aides Emma, Victoria and Jin spent the full 2018-2019 school year living the garden life here at Buford Middle School. From the Fall Harvest Festival to the Spring Seedling Giveaway, this trio tackled big and small projects alike, combining their strong individualism and growing teamwork skills to get the job done, all while cultivating friendships and food. Here are some of their stories from their year in the garden. For more student stories from the Fall season, read here:...

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Virginia Organizing Helps UACC’s Gardens Grow

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Virginia Organizing Helps UACC’s Gardens Grow

Virginia Organizing Helps UACC’s Gardens Grow

If you missed the sign out front, you could easily mistake the Charlottesville office of Virginia Organizing as just another residence on this quiet tree-lined street of modest homes and neatly trimmed lawns.  Passersby might never guess that inside is an organization, 24 years strong, committed to fighting for fairness and equality across the social justice spectrum. Michele Mattioli celebrates her 20th year with Virginia Organizing where she serves as the Special Projects Coordinator. She explained, “We are community organizers and we...

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Simple Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Simple Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Simple Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Ingredients 5 cups rhubarb about 3 large stalks, cut into 1⁄2″ cubes 2 cups hulled and halved strawberries about 1 pint 1/5 cups honey 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice from about half of a large lemon Instructions Combine all ingredients in a medium to large saucepan over medium heat. Once mixture starts to bubble, reduce heat to medium low. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the jam has thickened. Plan on cooking jam for about an hour. Place in a jar to can or store in the...

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Johnson Garden Spring 2019

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Johnson Garden Spring 2019

Johnson Garden Spring 2019

The Johnson Garden is thriving. While all of us may not appreciate the abundant rain this Spring has brought, the starters from Buford’s hoop house seem to appreciate the weather and are growing rapidly under the onslaught. And, along with the plants, lots of other life is thriving. We welcomed spring with blue bird babies! At least 4 were born and have left the nest. One day as I arrived I heard the chicks chirp for their mom and dad to bring them food. Teachers and students alike enjoyed watching the bright blue father and camouflaged...

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A Bountiful Harvest

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on A Bountiful Harvest

A Bountiful Harvest

by Zyanya Otal April showers bring May flowers… and a bounty of greens at the Clark Elementary School Garden! For the past few weeks, students have been hard at work pulling weeds, prepping the garden beds with compost, planting, and watering the garden. Eager hands gently tended to each garden bed and words of encouragement were shared with growing seedlings. In a few short weeks, our young gardener’s efforts paid off. The salad garden, consisting of kale, bok choy, and various lettuces has provided students with their first harvest of...

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Harvest of the Month- RADISHES

Posted by on May 10, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month- RADISHES

Harvest of the Month- RADISHES

Yesterday was our final Harvest of the Month celebration for the year. The students had an exciting year and finished it off with the powerful KICK of the spring radish. The peppery radish sparked a look of surprise on the students’ faces as the radish taste snuck up. Many students were intrigued by the faces that others were making and excited to give it a try. This is not the first time that we have had radishes as a crop for Harvest of the Month. It was one of our very first crops for Harvest of the Month (March 2015). It did, however,...

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ROOT! Celebration 2019

Posted by on Apr 29, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on ROOT! Celebration 2019

ROOT! Celebration 2019

On April 25th, City Schoolyard Garden hosted ROOT! at Greenbrier Elementary to honor and recognize the contributions of our partners in education and in the community. Those who have had lasting dedication towards the gardens were awarded Golden Trowels and Golden Beets. Last Thursday was a beautiful day to spend time showing appreciation for our partners and volunteers in the community. We had music from local artists Will Leggett of The Weedeaters that provided some background music for the student led tours through the Greenbrier...

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