What's Springing Up at Johnson Elementary!

Things are springing up in the garden at Johnson Elementary - and, let me tell you, it's not just daffodils and hyacinths (although those are too!) With new planting areas, weekly garden classes, and the most ambitious planting the school has ever undertaken, this season is sure to be a bountiful one in the garden at Johnson.

Rick Harden, the Garden Coordinator at Johnson, has big plans for the garden this year that are bound to bring a ton of students, parents, teachers, (and plants!) into the garden. Continuing on with a program developed last fall, Rick has been hosting "Garden Tuesdays," which bring students in grades 1st through 4th out into the garden for weekly activities and lessons. Rick has also been working with kindergarteners on various planting projects in the garden. The way the garden at Johnson is laid out gives each grade ownership over a set of beds. When it comes time for the students to plant and tend to their garden beds - they couldn't be more proud of their work!

Rick has also planned a new "pick-your-own" patch in the garden where hundreds of sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes will grow for hungry little gardeners to enjoy at their leisure.

Visit our blog to read more about the exciting things going on in the garden at Johnson!


Jackson-Via: How We Are Growing in the
New Garden Space...
After the hard work and tons of support that went into installing a beautiful fence and toolshed at the garden at Jackson-Via Elementary last fall, we are proud to say that this spring, we are really putting that new garden space to use! 

Volunteer Master Gardeners from the Piedmont Master Gardeners Association are once again hosting an after school garden club at Jackson-Via. From all the students who have come up to us wanting to share what they've been doing in the club, it's obvious how proud these students are of all of the cool things they've been learning about and doing out in the garden!

CSG's Elementary School Programs Fellow, Sam Taggart, is currently filling in as the Garden Coordinator at Jackson-Via and has launched "Garden Thursdays," which is modeled off of Johnson's successful "Garden Tuesdays" program. During Garden Thursdays, Sam works with several teachers to bring their entire classes out for garden lessons and activities. With lessons being applied regularly out in the garden at Jackson-Via, we're beginning to see the garden become a fluid extension of the classroom and that is a wonderful thing!

To read more about what's happening in the garden at Jackson-Via, check out our recent blog post.


Also to look at...CSG's First Peas to the Table friendly pea-growing competition has gotten off to a great start in all six elementary schools around Charlottesville!
Check out the wonderful new webpage about First Peas to the Table on the CSG website, where you can follow live updates about the progress of this year's competition! Thank you to Matt Darring, Garden Coordinator at Burnley-Moran, for putting it all together.

CSG Garden Corner

Join us for tips about planting, pruning and harvesting in your garden.

April 2015:
Attracting Pollinators into the Garden

by Samantha Taggart


Pollinators are extremely important to the garden ecosystem. The higher the diversity of pollinators we have in the garden, the more successful our garden is apt to be. In this blog, I suggest a few methods for attracting pollinators to your garden and point you towards other resources that can tell you even more!

Read Sam's blog to get the full scoop on how to get your garden humming with pollinators this spring.

Harvest now: early spring greens
What to do now: begin prepping your soil for spring planting and sowing early spring vegetables and herbs

We're not the only ones buzzing about pollinators - check out the cool project that second grade students at Clark Elementary did on solitary bee habitats!


CSG sends out a hearty thank you to each and every one of the individuals, businesses and foundations that support the work we do to engage youth in nature, enhance academic learning, and cultivate the skills for healthy living. We can only thrive with your partnerships! 

Dig Into Spring Sponsors
Thanks to our generous partners & sponsors for helping to make Dig into Spring a success!

We raised enough to host our summer Garden to Table camp and cover supplies for the 4,775 transplants the Buford Garden Aids are growing to share with the community!
Thank you each!


Board Profiles: Katie Reid Shevlin and Julia Kudravetz

[CSG Board Members left to right: Brevy Cannon, Katie Shevlin, Julia Kudravetz]

Each month we sit down to talk with a CSG board member about their history in the garden, hopes for CSG, and more. We even ask them to tell us what kind of vegetable they would be if they were a vegetable (and why, of course!) This month's board members in the hot seat are Katie Reid Shevlin and Julia Kudravetz.

Read more about what brought Katie and Julia to CSG in our recent CSG Board Profile blog!


Thank You to CSG Intern, Matthew Heinz!

[CSG up and coming gardener, David Darring & Matthew Heinz]
Over the last few months, CSG has had the pleasure of working with Matthew Heinz as he has filled the role of CSG intern, jack-of-all-trades, and all around aficionado. With his easygoing yet diligent nature, Matt has been a team player since day one. We are sad to see Matt go but so appreciate the dedication and time he has given to City Schoolyard Garden!

Click here to read more about what Matt's been up to these last few months.

Tidbits & Dates to Remember


Spring Volunteer Orientation & Workday
Sunday, April 26th, 2:00-4:00pm

Twice a year CSG hosts a training for parents, teachers, and community members interested in participating as a volunteer.  For more information about volunteering and the orientation visit our site here.

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation Fun Run 
Saturday, May 2nd, 8:00am

Charlottesville Parks and Recreation and Venable Elementary School are sponsoring a fitness fun run! Money raised will benefit CSG. To register, click here. This year's race has a surprise ending!

We have updated our website! Check us out.

Now there is more information on CSG programming, including our Education Frame for Garden Lessons (RootED), Harvest of the Month program, and First Peas to the Table friendly competition.

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