Sweet peppers and community service!
November 2016
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Piedmont Master Gardeners
 
Once again, City Schoolyard Garden has teamed up with the Piedmont Master Gardeners (PMGs) to run the Fall Afterschool Garden Club at Jackson-Via Elementary School. CSG along with six PMGs volunteers planned and coordinated the club activities for 15 Jackson-Via students.               

Through the Garden Club, students learn so much about their school garden and are excited to show off their knowledge about planting and caring for different plants. The Garden Club has made the students feel ownership and confidence in their school garden space. 

Each day, the meeting started out with a snack revolving around a certain theme. For example, when the theme was 'seeds,' students snacked on pumpkin seeds and trail mix with seeds. For 'roots,' students snacked on carrots, pita chips, and hummus that was kindly donated by Sticks Kebob Shop
               
Following their snacks, students would then make their way to the garden to participate in various activities organized by CSG and the PMGs volunteers. On the first day, students got their hands dirty in the garden as they planted spinach, garlic, kale, three varieties of lettuce, radishes, beets, turnips and fall herbs. Students also learned about compost through a hands-on demonstration and even got to plant an apple tree. Irena Hollowell of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange also made a visit to the Garden Club and taught students how to save seeds. Students were able to whack a pillowcase filled with green beans against a table to remove the seeds from their shells. On the last day of the club, students were able to harvest vegetables from the garden and make a snack using City Schoolyard Garden's mobile kitchen. From garden to table - yum!

For more photos, check out our story on the JVE after-school club.
APO Workday at Charlottesville High School

This October, we had the pleasure of working with Alpha Phi Omega (APO), a service-fraternity at UVA. Seventy-five members of the organization came together to help us work in the gardens! We set out to complete every major garden project we had lined up for the next year!

APO divided into teams to help us plan for the projects and they raised $4,000 in donations at UVA football games, which was a massive contribution to the workday. APO was amazing; they took care of every last detail and ensured that the workday would be a huge success.
 

 
On a beautiful day in mid-October, 75 members of APO met at the Charlottesville High School Garden to get to work.They cut, hammered, drilled, dug, painted, planted, and mulched, and by 5pm, the garden looked amazing!  APO built an outdoor classroom, complete with tables and benches, a chalkboard kiosk, expanded fencing, and extensive landscaping.  They also planted and mulched about $1,500 in new plants and trees, built an access gate in the back of the garden, and even built picnic tables and a compost bin for the other gardens.
 
We still can't believe how much APO managed to get done in one day! We extend the utmost gratitude to APO for transforming the CHS garden into a beautiful and functional space for our students. To learn more about the awesome pledges of APO and the work they did last month, read here and check out City Schoolyard Garden at Charlottesville High School's Facebook page. 
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November 2016
Sweet Peppers and Soup!

The cold winter months are finally starting to set in, and we are grudgingly taking our winter coats out of the back of the closet. If you’re anything like us, you are looking for any way to keep warm to endure the chilly weather ahead. Well, look no further! This month, we found an amazing recipe from Gonna Want Seconds that incorporates our Harvest of the Month, sweet peppers!
 

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 pounds of ground beef (Vegetarians; you can substitute this with Beyond Meat’s Beefy Crumble, found in most grocery stores!)
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion, Diced
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 3-4 Sweet Bell Peppers, Chopped
  • 15 oz. Tomato Sauce
  • 28 oz. Diced Tomatoes
  • 32 oz. Beef/Veggie Broth
  • 2 cups Rice (cooked per package instructions
Instructions:
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in large skillet. Add onion and sweat for 4-5 minutes until it’s soft. Add beef or beef substitute, salt and pepper, and cook until meat is no longer pink. Drain.
  • Pour mixture into a crock pot. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the rice. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or 3-4 hours on high.
  • Add cooked rice to the crock pot and cook on high for 15-20 minutes. Serve!
Some helpful tips:
  • Mince onions if you don’t want large chunks in your soup.
  • Chop peppers small enough to get a bite in each spoonful.
Thanks to Gonna Want Seconds for this awesome recipe! 

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!


Many thanks to our CSG friend, Megan Donavon, who hosted a yoga class at Mosaic Yoga Charlottesville to support CSG. She helped raise funds for Harvest of the Month library books. Thank you Megan & Mosaic!

Thanks to Whole Foods for supporting CSG at Whole Foods 5% Day! 5% of all sales were donated to engage Charlottesville City youth in gardening. We so appreciate the support of Whole Foods and our many partners that came out to support kids growing! 



Elaine Butcher provided CSG with tremendous support yet again -hosting a fundraiser for City Schoolyard Garden in the sparkliest of ways, with a bead and stone giveaway. 
We love you Elaine!



Thanks to the UVA service fraternity - Alpha Phi Omega for their tremendous workday.  They never fail to impress!


Partner Spotlight:
IRC New Roots


This month, we had the pleasure of talking to one of our partners in the Charlottesville Food Justice Network - the International Rescue Committee (IRC) New Roots program! New Roots is a multi-faceted initiative that helps refugees and other immigrants integrate themselves into the local food system. We had the chance to talk to Brooke Ray, the Program Manager for New Roots (and found CSG Board Member), to talk a little bit about the program.

Tell us a little bit about New Roots.

New Roots has a nutrition orientation program that helps refugees orient themselves to the local food system. We manage several community gardens, help refugees find garden space, and have opened the IRC farm to community access. We also assist refugees in buying and selling produce at local markets. 

What impact have you had in the Charlottesville community?

The program has excelled through expanding community partnerships. For example, partnerships with Market CentralBread & Roses, and CSG, have expanded our reach. We want to keep building these partnerships.

 In what ways do you partner with CSG?
One major partnership is with the CSG Garden Aides at Buford Middle School helping to grow seedlings for refugee gardeners. Refugee gardeners will come to plant seeds and talk with kids to  share gardening tips.

How does New Roots contribute to the Food Justice Network? I believe that "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts." We think that all actors in the Food Justice Network can do a lot to improve the food system collectively. Specifically, we are excited to continue working with CSG to provide complimentary programs across generations.

Thanks to New Roots and Brooke for all their hard work in making Charlottesville a more accessible place for everyone! Read more in our IRC and New Roots blog!

Staff Profile:
CSG Interns!


This year, we are so fortunate enough to have four interns helping us out at CSG! Our interns are critical to organizational health and we love having them here. Learn more below!

Courtney Fox: Courtney is a graduate student at the Curry School of Education at UVA, working toward a degree in Educational Psychology and Applied Developmental Science. WOW! She is passionate about engaging with youth and understanding the relationship between adults and children in education. Outside of work and class, Courtney also works for Computers4Kids and serves as a mentor for Charlottesville youth! 


(pictured: Courtney and Olivia at the Veggie Cook Off)

Olivia Raines: Olivia is from Salem, Virginia and absolutely loves nature and the being connected with the outdoors. She is a fourth year at UVA majoring in Global Development with a minor in African Studies. Olivia is involved in charity: water at U.Va., and volunteers with Virginia Organizing. Olivia is interested in environmental stewardship, food justice and urban agriculture in Charlottesville.

Molly GolskiMolly is from Norfolk, Virginia and is currently a fourth year at UVA, studying Environments and Sustainability and Anthropology.  Molly is passionate about sustainable agriculture, and wants to make healthy food accessible to everyone! She is involved in Greens to Grounds at UVA, is a DJ for UVA's student radio and serves as a Sustainability Advocate Leader at UVA.



Alex Whisnant
:
 Alex is from Richmond, Virginia, and is a fourth year at UVA studying Biology and Government. Alex developed a love for the outdoors through his participation with Boy Scouts throughout high school. He is also involved in  Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. He loves that CSG uses hands-on learning to help educate and give meaningful experiences to Charlottesville youth!


Thank you to our amazing team of interns! 


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City Schoolyard Garden is so thankful for the generous support provided by the Charlottesville community. If you are passionate about engaging youth in nature -donate today!


 

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Are you a Virginia State Employee? City Schoolyard Garden is excited to be participating in this year's Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) fundraising drive where state employees can donate pre-tax to the charity of your choice. We are #08290. Tell a friend and donate today!

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