Newsletter Archive






2017-2018 Newsletters

This Special Edition Partnership Newsletter features our new partnership with the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville (UACC). While the mission of the UACC Farm Garden remains the same, we are thrilled about the collaborative opportunities that exist to continue growing good food for the community.



This month we have begun CSG’s Teen Internship as part of our Youth Leadership Program.  We are very excited to share with everyone the amazing work that this team has done in the garden in only 3 weeks! This July Newsletter highlights these amazing teens, the new (although very familiar) Garden Coordinator Associate, the Spring Charlottesville High School as well as a welcome to the summer UVA interns that are working with us.


What an amazing school year we had! This June Newsletter highlights an awesome season at Burnley Moran Elementary and an interview with our new Board Member Leigh Keniston. Don’t forget to check out our Garden Corner highlighting melon! We are thrilled to get this summer started to share more stories.



Read out May Newsletter which highlights our new cross-district lesson Peas in a Pod a lesson about experimenting with germination rates in under varying classroom conditions. We also have an update on our Jackson-Via garden, an awesome picture of Emily Axelbaum and our summer interns, and instructions for growing cucumbers!



Our April Newsletter shows signs that Spring is in the air! From our Spring Seedling Sale, to our ROOT! Volunteer and Partner Celebration, we are highlighting what spring means to us here at CSG. This newsletter also highlights everything happening in the Johnson Elementary School garden and gives great ideas of how to plan for your beets that will be coming up in the next few months!



This winter has been tricky for grower. If you were excited, you may have started too early when the daffodils bloomed. Now that we have reached actual seed starting time, we had a blast working to prepare the school gardens for spring seedlings! Check out all of the work happening at Clark Elementary and Greenbrier in our March Newsletter! Plus information to save dates for some springtime events we have happening. Oh yeah–and check out our Garden Corner on how to grow some delicious cabbage!


Our February Newsletter highlights an bittersweet month for City Schoolyard Garden. While having to say goodbye to a longtime team member, Mr. Matt, we also welcome 3 new board members to the team. Venable Garden Coordinator, Miss Sarah has an article about what’s up her sleeves for the coming spring semester! And if you ever wondered how to grow the deliciously spicy Ginger Root, you cannot miss the Garden Corner. Check them out!


Every January we take the opportunity of a fresh year to reflect and highlight some of our favorite blog posts from the year prior. So here is our January Newsletter sharing some of our favorite CSG Stories from last year! From the student newsletter overhaul, to summer camps  and to our Racial Equity Training, this newsletter is full of some proud stories of 2017.


Come read more about students presenting to the School Board about what the garden means to them in the December newsletter. This newsletter is packed with feel good stories from students, a Burnley Moran second-grade teacher, and our board Treasurer, highlighting what the garden means to them. We also have a shout out to some community champions who go above and beyond to help CSG thrive! Check them out!


Our November newsletter is full of thanks to the various organizations that make CSG’s work possible. Read all about Cultivar, where we celebrated our sponsors, showed off some amazing art, and helped raise money to support youth garden programming. We’re also thankful for Mary Anderson, CSG’s new development coordinator! Also, check out the MLG Foundation, tips for growing garlic over the winter, and Vanguard Ranch bringing goats to Burnley-Moran.


The October newsletter recaps all the exciting events from the last few months. If you missed Farm to School Week, read all about the activities both in and outside of the gardens, including farm animals at school, local food in the lunchrooms, and a visit from VA First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. Check out our partner The Market at Grelen’s over 600 acres of orchards, trails, and more. Get some tips on preparing your blueberry bush for a spring harvest, and then read all about the Garden to Market class at CHS!


The 8th Annual Fall Harvest Festival is profiled in our September newsletter as we celebrate the bounty of the gardens and youth who care for them. We also hear about Clark Elementary Harvest of the Month stories with Stone Soup, a profile on this month’s Veggie Cook-Off crop, cauliflower, and a big hearty thanks to our sponsors and donors.



It’s the students’ turn to speak in our Summer Student newsletter, where you can read all about what our program interns have been up to this summer. Meet Makayla, Aidan, Qena, and Manny, who will lead you through their experiences working in the gardens, learning about growing techniques and natural science, and honing their leadership abilities by taking charge of classes.


The school year is about to begin, and in our August newsletter we look back on our summer accomplishments and forward to the exciting new developments in the gardens. We say hello to Program Coordinator Jordan Johnson, reflect on our time at summer camp, and give you the rundown on sowing broccoli for fall harvest. Also featured is the Sensory and Exploratory Garden at Johnson Elementary.


Summer break might be here, but that doesn’t mean we’re slowing down. Our July newsletter has all the details on CSG’s summer internship program, as well as what the interns have been up to so far. We’ve also got some new staff bios, an end of the year story from Venable Elementary, and some reflections from the Food Justice Network’s Racial Equity Seminar. Last but not least, we thank our sponsors and partners and provide some tips on cooking okra just in time for a warm-weather harvest!

The June newsletter is packed with end of the year celebrations, including the First Peas to the Table Winners, reflections from the Charlottesville High School garden, a couple of student blog posts from Buford Middle School field trips to a goat dairy farm and the New Roots Farm of the International Rescue Committee. We also include tidbits on growing sweet potatoes and more!


Our May newsletter covered Root, CSG’s annual event honoring our sponsors and partners, as well as some other exciting things happening in and around the gardens. Garden Coordinator Rick Harden reflects on the past year at Johnson ES, we say goodbye to our lovely interns, and we recognize those who made Root possible. Plus, check out crucial tips for growing sunflowers and take a look at the full list of Golden Trowel and Golden Beet winners!


Spring is here, and our April newsletter focuses on some of the exciting new things happening both in and outside of the gardens. Read about the first official Harvest of the Month at Walker Upper Elementary, learn some fun facts about garden worms and vermicomposting, get some seedling transplant advice, and find out about all the different ways to preserve what you grow at home.



From strong advocates – to new garden coordinators – to reading in the garden, our March newsletter shares what’s going on in the gardens these weeks before spring begins. Meet our newest board members, read about our new Harvest of the Month library connection, and pick up a few tips for planting seedlings while you wait for the warm weather.



In February, our newsletter highlighted some of the programs our Garden Coordinators have implemented at our school gardens, including our iSTEM project and RootED educational frame. We also reflect on our visit with Bryant Terry, a prominent food justice activist, chef, educator, and author. Plus, pick up some nifty tricks for preparing peas for planting this spring!



Our January newsletter features some of our favorite stories from 2016, including when two friendly chickens from Casa Alma came to visit our students at Jackson-Via Elementary, and one of our Charlottesville High School students, Ernesto Sanchez, talking about the valuable experiences and lessons he has learned in the CHS Garden to Market class!



… and take a look at our newsletter archive from past years at CSG!

2016 2015 2014 2012/2013
 December 2016 December 2015 December 2014 December 2013
 November 2016 November 2015 November 2014 November 2013
 October 2016 October 2015 October 2014 September 2013
September 2016 September 2015 September 2014 June 2013
August 2016 August 2015 August 2014 May 2013
July 2016 July 2015 July 2014  April 2013
June 2016 June 2015 June 2014  March 2013
May 2016 May 2015 May 2014  February 2013
 April 2016 April 2015 April 2014  January 2013
 March 2016 March 2015 March 2014  December 2012
 February 2016 February 2015 February 2014 November 2012
 2015 Stories We Love January 2015 Summer 2012

April 2012
February 2012