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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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Embracing Winter Weather at Clark

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Embracing Winter Weather at Clark

Embracing Winter Weather at Clark

written by Zyanya Otal, Clark Garden Coordinator The winter weather has meant big things for our little hillside garden at Clark Elementary School! The after school Garden Club, a part of CLASS programming, has been busy exploring all the different organisms that make our garden successful, from the wriggling worms to the compost we create in the garden. As the days grow shorter and cooler, students have been focused on the importance of preparing the garden for the winter months and have taken the lead on incorporating compost into the soil,...

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Protecting the Worms at Burnley Moran

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured | Comments Off on Protecting the Worms at Burnley Moran

Protecting the Worms at Burnley Moran

written by Andy Blunk, Burnley-Moran Garden Coordinator Throughout this past season, the garden has undergone its dramatic transformation from multicolored flowers, diverse vegetables, monarch butterflies, other flying insects and small songbirds, to the fall and winter colors of light brown, medium brown, and dark brown. Throughout these changes, Kindergarten and 2nd grade students have been visiting the garden to observe the changes of the seasons, practice descriptive words and comparisons, learn about and plant cold-tolerant crops, learn...

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December Harvest of the Month-Brussels Sprouts

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in CSG's Gardens | Comments Off on December Harvest of the Month-Brussels Sprouts

December Harvest of the Month-Brussels Sprouts

What an exciting and inspiring day last Thursday during the final 2018 Harvest of the Month. Going into Thursday, we tried to be practical in our thoughts that Brussels Sprouts were going to be a difficult sell. If you google “kids with Brussels Sprouts” your search explodes with many pictures of kids with turned up noses and grumpy pouts with plates full of steamed Brussels sprouts.  There is a general societal understanding: kids don’t like Brussels Sprouts. As adults we know this to be true. We were so thrilled to find relief in the...

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Meet Tianna Washington

Posted by on Nov 21, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Meet Tianna Washington

Meet Tianna Washington

Do you know the impact of growing a garden? Today it’s easy to feel lost, because the connection between us and nature is being left behind. When we were children, we wanted to be outside, but as adults we forget the importance of tranquility. There is strength in simplicity, as technology evolves our society has forgotten simplicity and our instincts. Although we are more evolved, we are still animals and we have been taken out of our habitat, stress and anxiety is sure to come with that. We are so busy these days we may not even notice...

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Meet Zyanya and Andy

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in CSG's Gardens, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Meet Zyanya and Andy

Meet Zyanya and Andy

            INTERVIEW WITH ANDY BLUNK 1) Tell us about an early experience with gardens and nature. My mom is a wetland biologist, and is somewhat evangelical in her approach to her passions, at least with her children. I grew up looking under rocks to find all the different microinvertebrates present and hearing my mom comment on the indicated stream health. It became second nature to ask, “what is underneath there?” and “what does that indicate about the larger system present?”....

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In the Johnson Garden

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on In the Johnson Garden

In the Johnson Garden

written by Rick Harden, Johnson Garden Coordinator With 15 classes scheduled over the course of the week (one to four each day Monday through Friday); the addition of some new activities and several ongoing projects, we’ve had a busy fall in the Johnson Garden despite a less than successful growing season. We are making progress turning the upper garden into a butterfly and bird sanctuary (with lots of flowering plants), designing a mud kitchen, and rebuilding our bug motel — all with input and help from the Johnson community of...

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Southern Mustard Greens Recipe

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Southern Mustard Greens Recipe

Southern Mustard Greens Recipe

Ingredients 6 slices thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, chopped 1/2 onion, chopped 4 bunches mustard greens, trimmed and chopped 2 cups chicken broth 1 tablespoon cider vinegar Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Hot sauce, for serving Directions Place the bacon in a large, wide pot and cook over medium heat until some of the fat has rendered and the bacon is light golden, about 5 minutes. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes more. Add the mustard greens in batches, letting each...

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