Cate Whittington &
CSG Board Rock Stars!
It was pretty difficult to find a photo of these two dedicated CSG Board members who are always on the move and pitching in with numerous critical projects. Cate Whittington (left) has been a volunteer Board member with CSG since we began, serving as our Secretary and providing insight and feedback on the development of our education program. Cate was a teacher and is an wonderful gardener and chef. Here she is helping serve radishes during Harvest of the Month. Cate currently hosts monthly Souper Mondays through her catering company, The Healthy Ladle. On the first Monday of each month, she prepares a lovely dinner of soup and salad (and more) and opens her home for folks to gather and celebrate community. Proceeds of the $15 fee are donated to City Schoolyard Garden!
Karen Kennedy (right) has been on the CSG Board for two years now and she jumped in whole heartedly from the start. In this photo, she is pulling together the details for our Dig Spring Dinner that she hosted in 2015. The dinner was a feat, as our first ever fundraising dinner and was accomplished in just six weeks. She is also active in so many other ways, chairing the CSG Philanthropy Committee, pitching in with designing our annual appeals, and pretty much anything else we need.
CSG is so fortunate to have Board members with the enthusiasm and skills of Cate and Karen and is so grateful for their dedication. Please take a minute to check out our Board Profile blog post to hear their interview with Julia Kudravetz.
Cate Whittington & Karen Kennedy
Emily Anderson &
The Greenbrier Garden
If everyone had a color to represent their aura, CSG Garden Coordinator Emily Anderson would be basked in lavender purple. Every CSG Garden Coordinator provides a unique set of skills and personalities to their respective gardens. Emily is calm, cool, and collected and she brings a wealth of knowledge with a background in Landscaping Architecture. When entering the Greenbrier Garden gates, it is obvious that the students feel at ease in their garden, but are anxious to get working. She starts her club with a group circle meeting and a healthy snack to energize students to garden time.
Emily has adopted a Montessori philosophy in her approach in the garden. She draws from the studentsâ€™ self motivation and lets that drive them to do what they are most interested in - watering, digging, planting, pushing wheelbarrows of compost, observing worms, etc. â€œI just prepare the environment for them,â€ Emily said, â€œand it has really allowed me to have more 1 on 1 time with students.â€ Then, the students break away, grab their tools, and get to their interest area. Emily trusts the students and allows them to take ownership in their garden. One parent, Ruth, praised Emily. â€œSheâ€™s awesome. Sheâ€™s such a good presence for the kids. My son wasnâ€™t interested in the garden last year, but all of a sudden, heâ€™s interested in the garden this year. He likes Emily a lot. He goes right up to her and asks, â€˜Ms. Emily, what can I do?â€™â€