City Schoolyard Garden

Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week: October 2-6, 2017

City Schoolyard Garden, Charlottesville City Schools, and the City of Charlottesville are joining with Local Food Hub and additional  partners to launch Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week.  Aligned with Virginia Farm to School Week and National Farm to School Month – this initiative builds capacity for bringing  healthy, local food to city youth and cultivating  life long healthy living skills. During the first week of October,  Charlottesville City Council will make a proclamation  and Virginia’s First Lady, Dorothy McAuliffe, will visit for a school lunch and City Schoolyard Garden activities. Students at the all Charlottesville City Schools will engage in experiential garden and food-based  activities throughout the week with farm animals, a special Local on the Line menu, and more.

“City Schoolyard Garden is pleased to partner with Charlottesville City Schools, the City of Charlottesville, Local Food Hub and numerous community organizations and businesses to engage students in tasting and learning about healthy, local foods,” said Aleen Carey, City Schoolyard Garden Board Chair. “We aim to build food equity for city youth and to educate and excite students about gardening, cultivating  healthy living skills, and local agriculture.”

Details can be found at   Highlights include:

Monday, October 2
7:00-8:00pm: Charlottesville City Council Proclamation of Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy
Schools Week, 7:00pm, City Hall.

Tuesday, October 3
9:30-11:30am: Chickens visit Clark Elementary and We Carrot-bout  Roots!
Wednesday, October 4
10:00am-12:00pm: Chickens visit the garden at Charlottesville High School.

5:30-8:30pm: UVA Food Collaborative  hosts A Place at the Table film screening at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Shantell Bingham, City Schoolyard Garden Facilitator of the Charlottesville Food Justice Network, will moderate.

Thursday, October 5
9:30am-1:00pm: CSG Harvest of the Month Snack Program at all schools, featuring a surprise local item!

Friday, October 7
8:30-10:30am: Vanguard Ranch brings a goat to Burnley-Moran Elementary garden, with goat cheese tastings.

11:30am-12:45pm: Virginia First Lady, Dorothy McAuliffe has a Local on the Line Lunch at Johnson Elementary, receives a City Schoolyard Garden Golden Trowel Award, plays Harvest of the Month Bingo and tours the CSG Johnson Garden with students.

*Local on the Line foods sourced from Local Food Hub partner growers will be served all week in the school cafeterias and youth will engage in daily City Schoolyard Garden events across the district.

About City Schoolyard Garden (CSG): City Schoolyard Garden is an independent, non-profit organization that cultivates academic achievement, health, environmental stewardship, and community engagement  through garden-based, experiential learning and leadership development.  In partnership with Charlottesville City Schools, CSG hosts gardens and garden programming across the school district with eight schoolyard gardens. To learn more, please visit our website, or