The Roof on Greenbrier's Shed is Alive!

After several months of collaboration and hard work, the living roof shed at Greenbrier Elementary is nearing completion! Thanks to Greenbrier Elementary Garden Coordinator, Emily Anderson, as well as loads of volunteers, partner organizations, and contracted individuals, the shed at Greenbrier is looking mighty fine.

The shed includes several unique design features including a living roof, which will provide habitat for native species of birds, pollinators, and other creatures as well as a great demonstration of a stormwater management system for the students.

The shed was built with generous funding from the Perry Foundation. Thank you! Our appreciation also goes out to all those who pitched in including: Charles Luck Stone Center of Charlottesville, UVA's co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, Whole Foods of Charlottesville, Brian Williams, and Al Brevard and James Abbs of Al Brevard Carpentry. Thank you all for your support and your hard work!

If you'd like to read more about the design and construction of the shed at Greenbrier, check out our recent blog.

Community Outreach from the Buford Hoophouse
4,775 transplants and counting...
This year Buford students are gearing up for their second growing season in the CSG hoophouse. With all of our systems in place, students and Garden Educator, Emily Axelbaum will be caring for 4,775 transplants. These thousands of baby seedlings will travel from the Buford garden to  13 urban growing organizations in the Charlottesville community that produce on both the garden- and farm-scale.

Last week, some of the Buford Garden Crew planted Farao Cabbage Seeds with farmer Todd Niemeier of the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville (UACC). Once they're ready in about a month, these babies will go to the UACC's garden on West Street.

This week, the Garden Aides and ESOL students at Buford will be learning how to broadcast sow Florida Broadleaf Mustards with the
International Rescue Committee's (IRC) New Roots Microproducers Ran Maya and Tika.

Read Emily's blog to learn more about this wonderful partnership in the Charlottesville community!


Also to look at...w
inter's chilly weather hasn't kept the fun and enthusiastic students of Buford's Sweet Autumns Garden Aides out of the garden and hoop house, or "hoop palace," as they like to call it!   Check out the Sweet Autumns' beautifully written blog to find out more about what they've been up to!

CSG Garden Corner

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

March 2015:
Spring Soil Amendments

by Samantha Taggart


As the first signs of spring begin to bud, it is a good time to start preparing the soil for planting. The best way to do that is to ensure that your soil is brimming with life. Adding compost, compost tea, and inoculants to your soil are great ways to increase the health and fertility of your soil.

Read Sam's blog to get the full scoop on how to prepare your garden for spring planting.

Harvest now: early spring greens
What to do now: begin prepping your soil for spring planting, germinating seeds indoors, and sowing early spring vegetables outside

This week and last, first graders at all six of Charlottesville's elementary schools began planting english shelling peas for this year's First Peas to the Table Competition. Stay tuned for updates about how the friendly competition is progressing! To learn more about First Peas to the Table, check our our CSG March 2014 newsletter with all the details.

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! 

The Perry Foundation

Thank you to the Perry Foundation for supporting CSG's infrastructure development this year. Much needed funding helped to build the unique and functional Greenbrier Shed.

Neighborhood Development Services 

CSG would like to thank Neighborhood Development Services for their support in all seven neighborhood school gardens.

Hats off to consultant Rosemary Mahoney of CoMetrics who donated her time and expertise to lead CSG Board of Directors and staff through a series of meaningful and effective Strategic Planning Meetings. 



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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.

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