6th Annual Fall Harvest Festival at Buford

What a beautiful night with community, garden bounty, and youth celebrating together.

[From top clockwise: a great turnout at the 6th Annual Fall Harvest Festival at Buford Middle School; kids embarking on a garden scavenger hunt; it was all thumbs up on a lovely Friday evening!]

Once again it was nothing but sunny skies, a cool breeze, laughter, and music filling the air at the 6th Annual Fall Harvest Festival on September 18th. It was a wonderful evening, complete with great food, awesome music by David Tewksbury, garden scavenger hunts, bike-powered water pump demonstrations, face painting, cider pressing, book swapping, mural painting, craft fair-ing, and the list goes on and on!

So many people came together to make it such a fun evening, including helping to prepare for the event. In the hours leading up to festival, 60 Buford Civics & Economics and AVID students put in 2 hours of community service helping to set up for the festival, clean up the garden, and organize around the school.

The most valuable part of the Harvest Festival each year is the people it brings together. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, friends, teachers, partners, students, city council and school board members, CCS staff, and many others gather to celebrate the harvest season and there are nothing but smiles all around.


You can read more about this year's Harvest Festival here on Emily's blog. And be sure to thank our sponsors, listed below, who contribute so much to make this event possible. 


 

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers!

[From top left clockwise: volunteers from UVA's Project SERVE at Jackson-Via; volunteers at CSG's Fall Volunteer Orientation; volunteer Ronda Ingersoll helping out at the September Harvest of the Month delivery at Clark; volunteers from CBRE in the garden at Greenbrier during United Way's 2015 Day of Caring.]

Over the last month, the team of staff, Garden Coordinators, and board members at City Schoolyard Garden has had the pleasure of working with more than 230 volunteers across all seven of the schoolyard gardens. It takes a whole community to create vibrant, thriving schoolyard gardens and the outpouring of community support over the last month has certainly demonstrated just how committed our community is to supporting garden-based, experiential learning for Charlottesville youth.

Volunteer highlights from August and September include:

- Aug 28thUVA Project SERVE volunteers at Greenbrier, Venable, Burnley-Moran, and Jackson-Via Elementary Schools
- Sep 2nd: CSG's Volunteer Orientation in the garden at Johnson Elementary School
- Sep 16th: Volunteers from CBRE Real Estate at Greenbrier and the UVA Dean of Students Office at Burnley-Moran helping out as part of United Way's 2015 Day of Caring
- Sep 17th: Volunteers at all six elementary schools for September's Harvest of the Month Blackberry Delivery
- Sep 18th: Over 110 volunteers helped out at the 6th Annual Fall Harvest Festival at Buford Middle School including Buford Middle School and Charlottesville High School students as well as volunteers from the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and other community partners.
- Sep 26th/27th: Volunteers from UVA's Co-Ed Service Fraternity Alpha Phi Omega (APO) helped out in the gardens at Burnley-Moran and Greenbrier Elementary Schools.

A huge thank you to all of these volunteer groups as well as the many other individuals who have volunteered with us over the last few months!

Click here to read more about all of the wonderful volunteer days we have had over the last month in the CSG gardens.

 

CSG Garden Corner

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

September 2015:
Sustainable Pest & Disease Management

by Samantha Taggart

 

One of the most heartbreaking things that can happen for a gardener is to witness a pest species decimate a crop within a week's time! However, those pests species really just reflect an imbalance in the overall ecosystem of the garden. This blog highlights the take-aways of a recent workshop on Sustainable Pest and Disease Management put on by the Local Food Hub in partnership with Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE), Virginia Tech, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Read Sam's blog to learn more about how you can prevent pest and disease damage through the use of Integrated Pest Management, Farmscaping, and other ecologically-friendly techniques.
 

Harvest now: peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, okra, greens, late summer tomatoes
What to do now: plant hardy, cool-weather crops such as lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, mustards, and turnips; start sowing cover crops and getting beds prepped for winter.

 


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! 


Thanks to our Volunteers!
A huge thank you to all of the volunteer groups who have helped out over the last month including: UVA Project SERVE, CBRE Real Estate and the UVA Dean of Students Office at United Way's 2015 Day of Caring, and UVA's Alpha Phi Omega Co-ed Service Fraternity! Read more about their service in our recent blog.

 

 

Partner Profile: Thank You to Vivi Rogers




[CSG long-time bookkeeper and accountant, Vivi Rogers.]

For the past three years, Vivi Rogers has helped CSG to thrive by providing her services as an accountant and bookkeeper for the organization. Vivi has done so much to help set up clear and rigorous financial processes that have served us well in our recent audit and built a foundation for future financial growth. She has been patient, creative, and dedicated and we are so fortunate for her partnership.

When asked about her past three years working with City Schoolyard Gardens, Vivi replied,

"I think what I've enjoyed the most is watching this idea of mixing children and supplemented dirt and seeds together and seeing what happens - it's certainly been a rich beginning."

As Vivi restructures her VGR Accounting Services business, we thank her for all of her hard work and dedication over the last three years and wish her the best of luck with this new chapter of her business.

Read more about Vivi and the great work she has done for CSG on our blog.

Staff Profile:
Eiley at Clark



[Clark Elementary School Garden Coordinator, Eiley Patterson]

It is the hands and minds that touch a garden that help it to thrive. This month, we would like to take a moment to highlight one of CSG's stellar Garden Coordinators, Eiley Patterson, from Clark Elementary School. Eiley is a superb educator, a skillful gardener, and just an all-around wonderful and joyful person to be around. Her humor is contagious and her commitment to garden-based, experiential learning - unwavering.

In a description of some of her favorite memories from the Clark schoolyard garden, Eiley described,

"The Clark Gardens for me are most alive when the students are in the gardens planting, digging, playing and learning together. The students energize the gardens with their curiosity, sense of wonder, and genuine care for the plants and critters...everything becomes new again when you garden with children."

Read more about Eiley and her beautiful garden story in this month's Staff Profile blog.




Tidbits & Dates to Remember

VA Farm to School Week: October 5th - 9th

We are gearing up for Virginia Farm to School Week, which will be happening in schools around Charlottesville and across the state next week (October 5th-9th). We will be hosting chicken visits, farm field-trips, garden lessons, and more! Be sure to check out our website next week for a full list of events.

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