December 2015 
Stories We Love

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The gardens are quiet this week. Tucked in lovingly by students heading home for winter break. But we know, that under the soil, the microbes and nutrients are still doing their nourishing work. We, too, are planning, preparing and working for the new year in the garden.

We wanted to share some of our favorite stories from 2015. If you haven't donated to CSG yet this year, we hope you will consider investing in these stories and helping us to grow into the future. We are working to raise funds to hire a Program Coordinator and your contribution makes a difference in the viability of adding this much needed position.  

The depth of support and collaboration of the hands, hearts and funds shared with City Schoolyard Garden programs is striking. Thank you!
Twelve Stories We Love from 2015
December, 2015 - "We love our garden from my head to-ma-toes!" Buford Garden Aides write about their gardening experiences, including check-ins, to do lists, weather journals, growing transplants, harvesting, cooking and more. 
November, 2015- Matt & Jodi Darring, Garden Coordinators - With creativity and innovation, Matt & Jodi are hosting comprehensive project-based garden lessons at Burnley-Moran Elementary. They are one of our six dynamic elementary school garden coordinators.
October, 2015 - Virginia Farm to School Week - Full of garden activities, taste tests and chicken visits. We also hosted Cherry Tomatoes as our Harvest of the Month this week. As we pilot this program - we realize how critical volunteers are to the process of serving 2,250 fresh snacks to youth. 
September, 2015 - Annual Fall Harvest Festival at Buford Middle School - Photos and highlights of our annual celebration including the Veggie Cook-Off Competition. This year's secret ingredient was broccoli and the Buford Broc 'n Roll cooking team whipped up some recipes!
August, 2015 - CSG Evaluation Results - Working with UVA's Curry School, we learned about our program impacts. A key component to impact proved to be having consistent CSG staff to cultivate relationships that build confidence, competence, autonomy and happiness.
July, 2015 -  Continual Growth in the Johnson Garden - Sweet reflections on the garden program at Johnson Elementary by Rick Harden, CSG Garden Coordinator. The summer bounty was incredible and families enjoyed the harvest all summer long. 
June, 2015 - Cultivating History in the CSG Gardens - Several of our gardens grew historical crops this year such as peanuts and cotton. It turned out to be a significant learning opportunity to explore the historical context of these crops in Virginia and beyond. 
May, 2015 - Springing through Spring and Summer - Buford students grow over 5,000 spring seedlings to share with community garden groups across Charlottesville. The hoop house was full of young plants thriving under the students' care. 
April, 2015 - Lisa Drake & Aleen Carey - The Board of Directors for City Schoolyard Garden is a dedicated team of volunteers with much insight and care for our mission. Meet our Chair and Vice-Chair. 
March, 2015 - Year of the Soil- 2015 is International Year of the Soil and this garden blog gives tips on how to build your soil, one of the essential materials on which life depends.
February, 2015 - Kale Harvest of the Month - The second month of our pilot project proved wildly successful with the baked kale chips. CSG worked with the dedicated Charlottesville City School staff to prepare and distribute the snacks with much appreciation from the kids. 
January, 2015 - Changes at Jackson-Via -Students at Jackson-Via Elementary help create the beautiful door to our new shed built with the help of volunteers and partners. This kind of infrastructure is critical to the success of a school garden program. 
A hearty thanks to all our volunteers and supporters.
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