City Schoolyard Garden

“The garden was the one place where my grandson felt like he could be himself at school. It helped him connect with his older brother through projects they brought home to do together. Being in the garden gave him confidence and pride.” – Buford Grandmother

For more than 10 years City Schoolyard Garden has partnered with Charlottesville City Schools (CCS) to connect youth with how their food is grown. We engage over 4,000 CCS students each year with over 35,000 student interactions in the gardens. These interactions enhance academic learning, cultivate healthy living skills, and build leadership skills at all grade levels. This engagement is done in line with our commitment to building racial equity into our work, which you can read about on Our Mission page.

In addition to working with students and managing nine learning gardens, Cultivate Charlottesville collaborates with Charlottesville City Schools to consistently connect students with fresh healthy food. Visit the buttons below to learn about our program initiatives.