“What a fantastic project Harvest of the Month is for Charlottesville students and staff AND parents! It’s made a difference in what my child wants to eat.”

– Parent, Venable Elementary

Harvest of the Month  


RootEd Frame

First Peas  to the Table


Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week

 Charlottesville Food Justice Network     
 UACC is partnering with City Schoolyard Garden to continue our work bringing people together, in the garden, and in the community. We will continue the conversations we started years ago – conversations that help break down the social barriers that separate neighborhoods. Stay tuned right here for updates in our upcoming new blog.  Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville

City Schoolyard Garden (CSG) was founded in 2010 to cultivate academic achievement, healthy living skills, environmental stewardship and community engagement through garden-based, experiential learning and leadership development for Charlottesville City Schools.  Combined, we manage eight organic schoolyard gardens and create experiential garden programming for over 3,500 urban youth and their families. The majority of youth in our programs live in poverty (up to 90% in some schools). Over the past four years, our youth engagement programs have focused on utilizing our garden programs to build equity for youth in Charlottesville faced with economic and racial barriers.CSG is working with teachers, parents, school administrators, and community volunteers to utilize the gardens classroom instruction, after-school programs and summer camps to provide opportunities for youth to engage with nature, enhance their academic learning through hands-on experience, and cultivate skills for healthy living. CSG’s programs are designed to foster an appreciation for nature and healthy foods through hands-on learning in our gardens. We have also worked to build partnerships across organizations working similarly to build a healthy and just food system.

Mission statement: Engage public school youth in garden-based experiential learning and leadership development that cultivates health, academic exploration, environmental stewardship, equity and community.

Vision: At City Schoolyard Garden youth well-being is the core of all we do. We believe young people thrive with the opportunity to engage in nature, discover through experience, build equity, lead, and cultivate healthy living skills. CSG aims to empower individuals to create a healthy and equitable future – personally, in community, and across systems and structures.


Core ValuesCommunity, Respect, Discovery, Equity, Inclusiveness, Relationships, Youth Empowerment, Partnership, Ecological Responsibility, Health

Check out our blog entries to hear stories from around City Schoolyard Garden.