News Release from City Schoolyard Garden:

Charlottesville, VA, October 5, 2015 - City Schoolyard Garden will be celebrating with schools and farmers around the state highlighting the benefits of connecting our school cafeterias to local growers. With partners Charlottesville City Schools and Local Food Hub, we'll be hosting events at each of the schools including taste testings, chicken garden visits, garden to table salad making, and cooking up a stew with school grown potatoes. The city school lunches will also feature local foods.

“The attention drawn to Farm to School week is a vibrant way to demonstrate the connections youth are making everyday in their schoolyard gardens. We take special opportunities to demonstrate how student’s community gardens are part of the larger Charlottesville agricultural system. “ Jeanette Abi-Nader, City Schoolyard Garden Executive Director.

About City Schoolyard Garden: Launched in 2010 with a 4,560 square foot organic garden at Buford Middle School, City Schoolyard Garden (CSG) is an independent non-profit with the mission to cultivate academic achievement, health, environmental stewardship, and community engagement through garden-based experiential learning. In partnership with Charlottesville City Schools and many other supporters, CSG also manages gardens at all six elementary schools in Charlottesville. To learn more, please visit our website, or

Monday, October 5th:

  • Fall garden prep day at Venable Elementary School

Tuesday, October 6th:

  • Buford Middle School student field trip to Vanguard Ranch
  • Fall garden planting day at Venable Elementary School

Wednesday, October 7th:

  • Local tomato and pepper tasting & seed saving with Buford PE students and Garden Aids
  • Chicken visit in the garden at Johnson Elementary School
  • Local Food Hub Farm-to-School week tasting at Jackson-Via Elementary School
  • 4th grade students at Clark Elementary School plant bulbs in sunshine garden

Thursday, October 8th:

  • October Harvest of the Month Snack Day at all schools!
  • Chicken visits in the garden at Clark Elementary School and Buford Middle School
  • 4th grade students at Clark Elementary plant bulbs in sunshine garden

Friday, October 9th:

  • 2nd grade students at Clark Elementary meet with a bee keeper and learn about& pollinators
  • Farmer Todd visits Clark Elementary School Garden and 1st grade students harvest sweet potatoes

And just because we couldn't fit it all in during one week...

Friday, October 16th:

  • Chicken visit and composting day at Burnley-Moran Elementary School
  • Clark Elementary kindergarten and 3rd grade students have Harvest of the Month lesson in the library