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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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Garden Corner: Kale

Posted by on Apr 19, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Garden Corner: Kale

Garden Corner: Kale

Kale was featured as our Harvest of the Month crop for November 2018. Volunteers served kale chips at Charlottesville schools and based on the students’ reactions, they were a hit! The students even expressed interest in having kale served more often at school. Check out our blog post about kale for Harvest of the Month. Kale is a cabbage green that is packed full of nutritious vitamins and minerals. It is easy to transplant and is cold-weather hearty. We have been growing kale in the gardens over the winter and are getting ready to...

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Youth Intern Trip to DC

Posted by on Apr 19, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Youth Intern Trip to DC

Youth Intern Trip to DC

by Rodrigo Nunez Thanks to City Schoolyard Garden, I was able to attend the Teen Earth Optimism event in Washington DC to represent CSG with my fellow youth interns. I had thought the community of teenagers interested in healthy eating and food justice was small, but I found many teenagers from various backgrounds and ages who were also passionate about food justice and community gardens. In a discussion panel, I learned some of the reasons of why some teens decide to become vegetarians or vegans, how cultures of families affect the types of...

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Venable Weather Station

Posted by on Apr 19, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Venable Weather Station

Venable Weather Station

by Sarah Wayne This summer, Venable Elementary school was awarded a Shannon Foundation Grant to build a weather station. A lot has happened since then! Three separate thermometers were set up throughout the garden – one has an attached anemometer to measure wind speed. A table and chairs were also put in by the door coming inside from the garden. Bookshelves were installed, complete with gardening and weather-related books. In the last few months, fourth grade classes have been volunteering to record the air temperature and wind speed in...

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Healthy Schools: An Interview with Carlton Jones

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on Healthy Schools: An Interview with Carlton Jones

by Jordan Johnson After last month’s blog post on the revitalization of the compost program at CCS Nutrition Department (if you missed it, check it out here) we are excited to share more about the CCS Nutrition Department who we have worked so closely with for many years. Over the next few months, we hope to dedicate some space in our newsletter to highlight the team and what they are doing. From Harvest of the Month, to Farm to School week, we have collaborated with this amazing team and want to continue to highlight the work put in to make...

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Sponsors | Comments Off on It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

by Richard Morris, Director of Farm & Food Roots In the fields we’ll be tilling Raised beds we’ll be building for seedlings with cheer It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Spring 2019 is here, and the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville is excited about the season ahead. For farmers, Spring really is a little like Christmas. It’s the time of year when the growing season ahead feels like a beautifully wrapped gift, waiting to be opened. In exchange for a little labor, we receive the gift of a bountiful season,...

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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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