Bringing in the Fall
September 2016
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Welcome to Shantell Bingham
City Schoolyard Garden Outreach Coordinator

We’d like to introduce you to Shantell Bingham, the new City Schoolyard Garden (CSG) Outreach Coordinator. Shantell started with CSG at the beginning of August and along with her energy and enthusiasm, she brings an enormous amount of community engagement experience.  Before arriving at CSG, Shantell was well involved in the Charlottesville community, playing the role of a SOCA coach for a girls soccer team and the Head Program Director for a program called Bridging the Gap, through the Madison House organization. Shantell was the recipient of the prestigious Dali Lama Fellowship and leveraged that fellowship to launch, with her co-founder Artem Demchenko, Growing for CHANGE, an organization in Charlottesville that designs portable green spaces unique to the Westhaven neighborhood environment.
Her footprints in the community have been significant.  A week before Shantell’s start date at CSG, CSG staff met neighbors from Westhaven talking about food and gardening, Shantell’s name came up.  The CSG staff asked, “Is this the same Shantell that is coming to work for CSG?”  The participant responded assuredly, “I’m sure it is. There’s only one Shantell!”  And that statement stuck…  “There is only one Shantell.” We are so lucky to have her join the City Schoolyard Garden team. 

In addition to hosting classes at Buford with Emily, providing support at the CSG garden at Charlottesville High School and implementing outreach, Shantell will be supporting the coordination of the Charlottesville Food Justice Network. To learn more about Shantell, check out our recent blog on her. [Shantell with Emily Axelbaum & Marcy Wisebauer]
Farming the Earth, Cultivating Humanity

Alice Waters, Joel Salatin, The Kitchen Sisters
City Schoolyard Garden was some kind of lucky when we were invited to moderate a panel as part of the National Endowment on Humanities 50th Anniversary Celebration. The panel, Farming the Earth, Cultivating Humanity explored themes around what it means to eat and farm ethically. The discussion can be viewed here on the Human/Ties & CSG Facebook pages. In addition to these wonderful and inspiring speakers, students from Charlottesville High School, partners from the Charlottesville Food Justice Network, and Joel Salatin's chickens got to attend as special guests. And if that wasn't enough, Alice Waters was our special guest as CSG & Charlottesville City Schools hosted a launch party for the CSG Charlottesville High School garden. What a week! 

[Top: Jeanette Abi-Nader introducing panelist while NEH Chairman Adams cooks up aromas and a sense of the art of food; Clockwise: Joel Salatin visits with Shantell; Kim & Shantell have their books signed by Alice Waters; Chairman 'Bro' Adams cooking on stage; Jeanette with Alice and the Kitchen Sisters -Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva.]
Garden Reception-Charlottesville High School
City Schoolyard Garden

Alice Waters-Makayla Howard
-Ernesto Sanchez
[Top: Buford Principal Eric Johnson (left) visits with Alice Waters, students, teachers and CSG staff; Clockwise: Emily Axelbaum, CSG Director of Youth Engagement with Alice Waters and students-Lynaisha Booker & Eve Livingood; Gathering at CHS garden; Dr. Rosa Atkins (center white) with Alice Waters, Dr. Sherry Kraft (left) and the CSG staff; Alice at Buford] Photos by Cramer Photo

CSG Garden Corner
Hearty & Delicious Peach Muffins
A recipe from PB&J Fund Kitchen
Whoops! This month's Harvest of the Month recipe for peach muffins was switched out at the last minute and full of sugar. Our apologies! We know there are more than a million ways to bake that are healthy. Try out this recipe from our friends at PB&J Kitchen.

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup oats
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
4 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground allspice or ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup mild olive oil
1 cup 1% milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 peaches or nectarines, small dice
1 pint blueberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line 17 muffin cups with liners.
3. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Stir well to combine.
4. In another medium bowl, combine wet ingredients. Mix well.
5. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stirring well to combine.
6. Gently fold the fruit into the batter.
7. Divide batter into muffin cups using ¼ cup scoop.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Hats off to some of the folks behind the scenes giving of their skill and creativity to CSG! CSG has several businesses and organizations that donate in-kind services. Here are a few that we are especially thankful for this month. 
A huge thank you to Heather Haynie & Dani Antol, co-owners of rock paper scissors, the amazing paper goods store on the pedestrian mall. Heather (right), Dani (left) and their team design our Harvest of the Month posters and backpack flyers every month! 

The Healthy Ladle
Cate Whittington was a founding member of CSG and has been a strong supporter ever since. This month she prepared the most delicious Harvest of the Month menu for our CHS Garden Reception with Alice Waters. The first Monday of every month she hosts Souper Mondays - a community dinner to benefit CSG. Thank you Cate! You are a true CSG supporter. 
Cramer Photo
Thank you to Sarah Cramer Shields for taking and sharing these wonderful photos of our visit with Alice Waters at Buford Middle School and the garden reception at Charlottesville High School.

Additional In-Kind Supporters this Month
Charlottesville Parks & Recreation
CFA Institute
Lowes Home Improvements

Partner Spotlight
CCS Nutrition & Carlton Jones

[Lisa Reeder-Local Food Hub, Carlton Jones-CCS Nutrition Director & Jeanette Abi-Nader, CSG Executive Director at USDA National Farm to School meeting, April 2016]

A whole new school year has begun with over 4,100 enrolled students in the Charlottesville City Schools (CCS) district.  They have minds hungry for knowledge and stomachs hungry for nourishment.  City Schoolyard Garden (CSG) has worked in partnership with the CCS Nutrition Department, and The Local Food Hub to make Farm to School a reality here in Charlottesville, VA.

You know about the Harvest of the Month program, where we are working together to bring healthy, local and seasonal fruits and veggies to over 2,500 CCS youth. This year, our USDA Farm to School grant, leverage by local donations, has allowed us to grow this program with some new initiatives.  For example, the backpack flyers will now be bilingual and include a Spanish version.  The Harvest of the Month posters will be making their debut at several neighborhood grocery stores and markets. Increased fresh items and items made from scratch are showing up in the school lunch line. Lunchtime Taste Tests will be hosted each semester to help choose future menu items. All of these efforts intend to build health in our community and for our youth. 

We are thankful to the leadership of Carlton Jones, CCS Nutrition Director, and excited about these promising initiatives that are part of a huge nationwide Farm to Cafeteria movement. 

To read more about Carlton and the CCS Nutrition Departments efforts, check out our recent blog. And, join your student for lunch! You might be surprised!

*Tune in next month for a partner profile
with the Local Food Hub

Staff Profile:
Sarah Wayne @ Clark

[CSG Garden Coordinator at Clark Elementary School, Sarah Wayne]

Let’s welcome Sarah Wayne, the new Garden Coordinator at Clark Elementary!  Sarah first came to City Schoolyard Garden interested in volunteering with the organization - helping with Harvest of the Month and the Garden to Table summer camps - and her love for working with both students and food made her exemplary.  Anyone who speaks with her can see her enthusiasm for the CSG mission!  With a degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences from the University of Vermont and experience in production farming, her passions lead her to teach gardening and cooking lessons to elementary and middle school students in small educational gardens throughout the eastern half of the United States.   Through her experience with Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) in Vermont as the Farm to School Coordinator and the Michigan at Skyline Camp & Retreat Center as an intern, she developed techniques for designing and implementing lesson plans which revolve around food, nutrition, and farming.  
CSG is fortunate to have Sarah bring her experience to CSG's very special garden at Clark Elementary. 
Read more about Sarah in this month's Staff Profile blog

Tidbits & Dates to Remember

Friday, September 23rd, 5:30-7:30pm at Buford Middle School
A FREE community event with delicious food, great music, garden activities, student-led tours, scavenger hunt, craft fair, face painting & more! Dinner for all includes Korner BBQ, Sticks veggie salad & hummus, the winning dish from the student Veggie Cook-off, mac n cheese, pressed apple cider, & dessert from Albemarle Baking Company. There's music too! Rain or shine. Bring a chair or blanket. We hope you'll join us!

VA Farm to School Week: October 3rd - 7th

We are gearing up for Virginia Farm to School Week, which will be happening in schools around Charlottesville and across the state next week. At the CSG gardens, we'll be hosting goat visits, farm field-trips, garden lessons, and more! Be sure to check out our website next week for a full list of events.

For fun updates, photos and stories, be sure to like us on Facebook!

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P.O. Box 5285, Charlottesville, VA 22905
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