January 2017
Stories We Love
Here are some of our favorite stories from 2016—each story reminds us of how gardens connect people, young and old, to nature, their community and to healthy living skills.

One of the highlights of 2016 was your strong community support. Thanks to you, we raised over $16,000 in our year-end campaign to keep our gardens growing strong in 2017. Thank you for connecting youth to nature!

All of us at City Schoolyard Garden wish you a happy and healthy new year!
January 2016 
Saturday's at Sticks - All January 
Every January, Sticks in Charlottesville donates 10% of profits to City Schoolyard Garden to keep our programs growing and youth engaged with nature. Join us again this January for a healthy meal that benefits CSG.
February 2016 
CSG's Growing Equity Framework
CSG is working to ensure that ALL youth are able to engage in garden programs and experience dialogue and connection, relationship-building and understanding. We aim to build equity and give youth opportunities to experiment and explore, succeed and fail, laugh and learn-together.
March 2016
The Calm Force Keeping Up the Garden at Johnson Elementary
Rick Harden wants students to feel like the garden space is their own, to wander and explore, to harvest and eat (he planted a cherry tomato forest for this exact purpose), to ask questions and to engage through play.
April 2016
A Mixture of Nature and Art at Clark Elementary
The students with the Clark Garden Club, led by CSG Garden Coordinator Eiley Patterson, worked diligently to renew and revive the garden from its winter's rest
May 2016
Who's that Clucking at Jackson-Via 
Two chickens 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.
June 2016 Jayda, Makayla, Susmita and Ashika of Buford's 2015-2016 Garden Aide classes shared their similarities, their differences, their senses of humor, their frustrations and their joys with each other every day in the garden.
July 2016
Permaculture at Burnley-Moran
Rachel Caldwell and her class worked all semester on a project-based permaculture lesson. They created a keyhole design for their beds including "Berry World", the "Dyeburg Keyhole" and an "Herb Spiral".
August 2016
During G2T camp, summer youth planted, harvested, and weeded a lot. They weeded any chance they could!  They also ground wheat berries and made their own flour to bake with.
September 2016
CCS Nutrition & Carlton Jones
Through the Harvest of the Month program, both CSG and the CCS Nutrition Department have worked hard to bring healthy, local and seasonal fruit and vegetable snacks to over 2,500 CCS students.
October 2016
New Board Members-Neal & Kristen
Meet two of our amazing new board members from 2016, Neal Halvorson-Taylor (shown here with Katie Shevlin) and Kristen Rabourdin, both long-time partners and supporters of the Charlottesville food system.
November 2016
IRC New Roots Partners

CSG partners, the local IRC New Roots program is a multi-faceted food and agricultural initiative that helps refugees and other immigrants make a healthy start in their new home by participating in the local food system.
December 2016
Student Ernesto Sanchez Connects with the CHS Garden
Ernesto Sanchez, a junior at CHS and student in the Garden to Market class, shares how the garden has positive impact on youth and the community.

100% of students stated that they feel happy or peaceful in the garden.

98% of students feel the garden is a place where they can demonstrate leadership and competence, work as a team  and contribute to their school community.

Help us spark garden connections for youth!

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