Spring is bursting at the gardens
May 2016

With the last frost date well past, students spent last week giving out and taking home the last of the 5,259 seedlings they’ve grown. Just look at this handsome bunch!

The garden aides (along with lots of energy and input from PE garden crews) spent their winter and spring planting seeds, planting more seeds, watering, watering, watering, thinning, watering, watering, watering, potting up, potting up, potting up, potting up, labeling, labeling, watering, watering, watering.

Makayla commented that the Spring Seedling Project was, “hectic and time consuming, but thinning and carrying the plants out of the classroom and down to the hoophouse was fun.”  San Dar agreed that, “bringing the plants outside and getting them fresh air was fun.  I loved seeing the plants grow and wish we had taken pictures each day.  I didn’t like the slugs and snails covering the outside of the seedling flats in the hoop house.”

To find out more, including the grand totals of funds raised by the spring seedling sales, check out our blog post here. 

Some Special Guests at Jackson-Via
We often see them in the meat department at the local grocery store wrapped up neatly in plastic or on the dinner table glistening with golden brown skin and sprinkled in lemon pepper. However, in April 2016, the students at Jackson-Via Elementary School were able to see these creatures in a different light.

Two ambassador chickens from Casa Alma came to meet with the students at the Jackson-Via Elementary School garden.  Students from all grade levels were able to pet, hold, and feed the chickens corn and apples.  The students were given an opportunity to grind their own corn kernels by using a mortar and pestle.  Check out the picture below: students working as a team to grind the corn. They soon discovered that they needed to work together – one operated the pestle while others guarded the mortar – to prevent corn from escaping.  With options like apples, corn, bugs, and delicious cabbage plants in the garden beds, let’s just say that the chickens had quite the all-you-can-eat experience!

To learn more about these Very Important Visitors and their time spent at Jackson-Via, click here for our in-depth blog post. 

CSG Garden Corner

Join us for tips about planting, pruning and harvesting in your garden.
May 2016


Now that winter has finally ended, it’s the best time to sow seeds into the garden. It’s not too late to grow your favorite vegetables because May temperatures have made the soil perfect for sowing seeds. Good choices are squash, cucumbers, and beans. Seeds that are sown directly into soil that has been cared for and properly prepared will grow effortlessly this time of the year! All you need is some water and some good ol’ TLC. Check out our blog here for some recipes to look forward to as you plant. 

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! 

At Johnson Elementary, we are working to raise funds for an accessible garden bed that is easy to reach and access for all students.  Read more here!
To make a donation enabling the Johnson Elementary Exploration and Sensory Garden  click here and select Johnson Accessible Garden. 
As always, CSG thanks you so much for your support!

Board Member Spotlight:
Sober Pierre & Bill Lanzana

This month, we are profiling two All-Star CSG Board members: Bill Lanzana (left) and Sober Pierre (center.) Also pictured here is Kira, Sober's daughter, who is not a board member but provides crucial support to CSG's mission by being ADORABLE and very cool. 
Bill, as the Board Treasurer, helps wit
h CSG's financials, always creating new monster spreadsheets that help us understand different aspects of the organization. Sober has been an engineer and is now an entrepreuner, serving Caribbean food and bringing connection and understanding to folks that way. 
We got the chance to sit down and catch up with both Bill and Sober, asking them questions about their gardens, their motivation for their work with CSG, and their hopes for this work. 
CSG's Board does a lot of the work that powers CSG, and we are so fortunate to have folks like these on our team!

Thank you to
Kate, Alex, and Grey!

CSG has had a whole gang of amazing extra help this semester. Last week, we bid farewell to some of these great team members. Our heartfelt thanks and best wishes go out to Grey Sylvester (pictured below left, in the Classic CSG blue hoodie, alongside CSG Program Coordinator Kim Nguyen) a UVA student who specialized in evaluation data as an intern with CSG. We also send thanks and wishes to Alex Whisnant, (pictured below right with a winning smile and similar fashion statement) who rocked out the newsletter, website and Harvest of the Month. 

We also thank and send good wishes on to Kate Hopkins, our general support specialist, who supported the logistics of launching the second season of Harvest of the Month as well as planning Root!
Thanks again, y'all! Your support has been invaluable and deeply appreciated.

Tidbits & Dates to Remember

This May join us at Sticks Kebob Shop every Saturday where your meal = a donation to CSG! 

Want to volunteer? Join us for a workday this summer!

Burnley Moran on Saturday, May 21st from 9-5, where we'll build the Permaculture Garden and finish the Sensory Garden,
Jackson-Via on Saturday, May 28th from 9-5, where we will weed and mulch the Butterfly Garden. 

Attention Teachers:

CSG is co-hosting a free training this summer that will support you and your classes in the garden-based learning. Tuesday & Wednesday, July 19th & 20th. Details here.

Check out the CSG Events page for more events.

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City Schoolyard Garden needs and appreciates your support. We are still working to raise funds for the remainder of programs this academic year. Click on the apple to donate or send a check to our address below. Thank you!

P.O. Box 5285, Charlottesville, VA 22905
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