Newsletter Archive






2019 Newsletters

Although the gardens are resting for the winter, the Food Justice interns kept working and presented at a national conference in Savannah, Georgia. Check out the story in the December newsletter. Here you can also see stories from this fall’s Garden Aide class at Buford and check out the Harvest of the Month program at Clark Elementary. We also detail changes and additions to the Harvest of the Month program across the district this fall.


November was a month of celebration and exploration in the fall garden. Check out our fairwell celebration to the current UACC plot after 12 years of growing. You can also see a lesson all about fall grain preservation and grinding in the Jackson-Via garden. There are also updates on the future of CSG and the Food Equity Intiative presented to Charlottesville City Council.


This year, CFJN has been working hard to change what food access looks like in Charlottesville. With support from 28 organizational partners, 10 city departments, and 11 youth and resident leaders in 2019, CFJN has made progress to create an equitable food system. Please check out the newsletter to hear from Shantell Bingham about all that has happened.

October was full of celebration and community gathering. From Farm to School and Harvest Festival to the Design Marathon, we are excited to share some stories of the busy fall season in our programming. Check out the October newsletter to see pictures of farmers, read about the 10th Annual Harvest Festival and learn about the CATEC Food Truck.


The September newsletter starts a new school year and highlights the Community Food Justice Advocates that work with CSG. The newsletter also highlights all the happenings at the Johnson garden. We also pay homage to the longest standing employee at CSG, the Johnson Garden Coordinator, Rick Harden. Check it out and see some fun pictures that bring us back to the beginnings of CSG.



The August Newsletter highlights some exciting stories from the Food Justice interns and a new staff member on her experiences this summer with the extensive changes to the summer program.  You can also meet new members of the growing staff at CSG.



Our summer is in full swing and we keeping full momentum. We doubled the size of the CHS garden and hosted a two-day community food projects workshop. You can read all about these projects in our July Newsletter. You can also read about making dilly beans with the Food Justice interns during their time at CSG. Check it out!



School is our for summer and we had an exciting year. Check out the June Newsletter to hear about the Garden Aide class, our meet our partners at Virginia Organizing, and hear about an imaginary visitor coming to the Burnley Moran garden sparking creativity, ownership and excitement in the garden.


SPRING GARDEN UPDATES in the May Newsletter! We have some stories from Clark Elementary, Johnson Elementary and a special highlight of some very special community members from our ROOT Celebration at Greenbrier Elementary. We cannot forget the Strawberry Rhubarb jam recipe highlighted in our Garden Corner!



The CSG Youth Interns took a special trip to Washington DC for a Teen Earth Optimism event. Here about it in Rodirgo’s words in our April Newsletter where they tabled and talked about the work they are doing in Charlottesville. We also hear about a new Venable weather station at the garden, our Golden Trowel winners, and growing Kale in the early spring!


From the 2019 Winter Wonderland Celebration to some surprise sunflowers popping up at Jackson-Via, we have some winter stories in our March Newsletter as we get ready for the growing season to begin. We also highlight an interview with Carlton Jones, Nutrition Director at CCS and talk about healthy school lunches and the programs in place to get our children fed healthy options.


The last days of winter are bringing up all kinds of weather. In February’s newsletter read about What’s Going On at CHS, Healthy Composting in the Schools, and the Sleepy Gardens at Greenbrier. Meet the fall Buford Garden Aides and Megan Donovan, CSG’s Administrative Coordinator, who anchors us daily.


Join us in our annual Stories We Love edition where we have highlighted our favorite stories from 2018. From Summer interns to new cross-district lessons to hearing about the journey of new staff who have joined us, this newsletter shows the exciting work that has happened in 2018.



2018 Newsletters

New Garden Coordinators at our elementary schools mean new and exciting lessons at Clark Elementary and Burnley-Moran Elementary. Check out this month’s newsletter to hear about some fun in the Clark after school club and about Garden Fridays at Burnley-Moran and the lessons and activities that the wonderful new GC’s have planned!


Check out our November Newsletter highlighting the fall experience in the Johnson Elementary Garden. We are continuing to to grow the “upper garden” and provide hands-on experiences in the garden while developing plans for the lower garden to build on the bug-hotel and build a mud kitchen. We are also excited to share a wonderful story about Beatrice, one of our major volunteer supporters at the UACC Market Days.


Our Fall season is off and running. Our 9th Annual Harvest Festival was so exciting and full of life. Farm to School Week was jam packed full of farmer visits, lessons and even a goat or two. Check all this information out in our October Newsletter. We also have the recipe for the Eggplant “Meatballs” that the Buford students made for the Veggie Cookoff.


A new school year has begun! In September’s Newsletter we take a glimpse into the new season at Buford Middle School and the start of the school year at Jackson-Via Elementary. We also have a fall full of programming that needs a ton of volunteers and are recruiting for that! Have a bunch of corn to harvest? Check out the Garden Corner to see how to know when the corn is ready and how to store it!



The August Newsletter is full of summer excitement. With stories highlighting youth summer camps in the garden and an outline of the amazing Food Justice work that the teen interns completed in their 6 weeks with us. We also profile some of our growing team as well as say farewell to others.


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.



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

2017 2016 2015 2014 2012/2013
December 2017  December 2016 December 2015 December 2014 December 2013
November 2017  November 2016 November 2015 November 2014 November 2013
October 2017  October 2016 October 2015 October 2014 September 2013
September 2017 September 2016 September 2015 September 2014 June 2013
Student Summer August 2016 August 2015 August 2014 May 2013
August 2017 July 2016 July 2015 July 2014  April 2013
July 2017 June 2016 June 2015 June 2014  March 2013
June 2017 May 2016 May 2015 May 2014  February 2013
May 2017  April 2016 April 2015 April 2014  January 2013
April 2017  March 2016 March 2015 March 2014  December 2012
March 2017  February 2016 February 2015 February 2014 November 2012
February 2017  2015 Stories We Love January 2015 Summer 2012
2016 Stories We Love   April 2012
February 2012