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November Harvest of the Month–Kale

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November Harvest of the Month–Kale

Yesterday was our November Harvest of the Month and if there was a single take-away from the day, it is this: Charlottesville students love Kale. Yesterday cafeteria tasting tables across the district were packed of kids filled with interest and excitement over the kale served. Many students have already tasted Kale. Many of the City Schoolyard Gardens have Kale growing as spring and fall staples. Students regularly enjoy the kale sautéed up with the mobile kitchen, made into a Kale pesto and other delicious recipes. Kale is also how the...

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2018 Farm to School and Healthy Schools Week!

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2018 Farm to School and Healthy Schools Week!

2018 Farm to School and Healthy Schools Week!

In case you missed it, October 1-October 5 was Healthy Schools Week in Charlottesville as well as Virginia Farm-to-School Week. All week long, CSG and our partners hosted and sponsored events in Charlottesville City Schools to promote local, sustainable growing and healthful food access. Public schools are an important part of CSG’s mission, and Farm to School Week showcased several of the ways that students experience what local  Virginia agriculture has to offer and how it connects to their lives. Charlottesville City School students...

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Celebrating the Harvest Festival 2018!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Sponsors | Comments Off on Celebrating the Harvest Festival 2018!

Celebrating the Harvest Festival 2018!

written by Shannon Gaffey, Garden Educator for Teens Fall is one of my favorite seasons: it’s a season 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 that lends itself towards celebration, 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)...

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Harvest of the Month- October 2018

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Harvest of the Month- October 2018

Harvest of the Month- October 2018

Surrounded by the hype and excitement of goats and bees in the gardens, exciting lunch menu items and farmer visits, we had a staple program snuck in the mix: Harvest of the Month. Our 32nd month of highlighting a local crop was as successful as they can get. The brightly colored cherry tomatoes were so wonderful to share with the students. Although our blog is late—we are excited that it was because there was so much excitement and energy around other CSG activities and programming! Because of this very wet fall, while harvests of...

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Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week is Here!

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week is Here!

Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week is Here!

            We have a jam-packed week next week FULL of farmer visits, healthy school lunch options, tastings, farm animals, harvest of the month, and our 9th Annual Harvest Festival on October 5th from 5:30-7:30 at Buford Middle School. We are excited to be joined by many many community partners next week. Here is all that is happening this week: Farmer/Farm Animal Visits Tuesday October 2nd  Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville (UACC) farmers Visit Clark Elementary to make Scarecrows. Piedmont...

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A Rainy Fall at Buford

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Rainy Fall at Buford

A Rainy Fall at Buford

Fall in the garden is a beautiful, bountiful experience—in warm climates like central Virginia, it feels like a second Spring. Thanks to the tremendous work of our Summer Youth Interns, the Buford Garden began the school year as lush and verdant as ever.       Garden Aides working on their Garden Journals. What a beautiful space to welcome another round of Garden Aide classes! This year, Buford students are able to partake in either semester or year-long gardening classes, hosted by CSG’s Garden Educator for Teens, Shannon...

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Saving Seeds at Jackson-Via

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Saving Seeds at Jackson-Via

Saving Seeds at Jackson-Via

The beginning of the school year has been busy for Jackson-Via students. Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders have been harvesting, planting, and saving seeds since the school year started. Saving seeds is a unique part of the fall season that can teach us a lot more about the plants that we grow. This summer, the Boys and Girls Club Southwood summer camp planted over 70 Cherokee Long Ear Small corn plants. This rainbow kernel corn can be eaten fresh, ground into cornmeal, or made into popcorn. This year we are very excited to test out making...

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September Harvest of the Month: Watermelon

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on September Harvest of the Month: Watermelon

September Harvest of the Month: Watermelon

This year’s Harvest of the Month September kick-off was such an exciting one! September was the month of the watermelon! This is not the first time that the students in at CCS have enjoyed the delicious juiciness of a local watermelon but it is the first time it has been highlighted as the Harvest of the Month. Last year at this time local watermelon was a side option for Charlottesville City Schools’ Local on the Line program. So working with CCS’s experience with mass-preparation of watermelon from last year, and Local...

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Building Leadership through Food Justice

Posted by on Aug 23, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Building Leadership through Food Justice

Building Leadership through Food Justice

Summer 2018 was an exciting one for our Summer teen interns, and not just for the time spent in the garden. Although they spents hours of their time weeding and improving the gardens in the Charlottesville community, there was so much more! This year, CSG rolled out the Food, Rights, and Sustainable Food Futures unit during our youth internship program. This six-week educational unit introduced the six interns to the issue of food justice that span both the Charlottesville community and on a national level.  The unit was designed to allow the...

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Summer Camps

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Summer Camps

Summer Camps

Written by Tianna Washington and Jordan Johnson The summer is an amazing time for any child. Who wouldn’t feel an outrageous amount of excitement away from school? They can finally spend time as they wish, which is why when they choose to spend time in the garden, it’s a pretty big deal! This summer two Charlottesville area day camps brought students into the CSG gardens for some fun growing and eating the summer harvests: Southwood Boys and Girls Club, which was held at the Jackson-Via and Burley-Moran gardens, and Greenstone on 5th,...

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