Another academic year has come to an end, but it's just the beginning of a busy summer for Cultivate. With the newest youth food justices interns cooking up veggies straight from the garden, many different groups volunteering in the school gardens and farm plots, and Community Market Days in full swing—June is anything but a vacation!
At CHS Jordan, Zamear, and Markajah sautée kale harvested earlier in the day from the garden at Greenbrier; Aleen enjoys a hearty helping fresh from the pan
Closing Out Another Year in the School Gardens
As sure as a cool breeze rustles the leaves of nearby trees, the undeniable sound of children’s laughter echoed throughout two different elementary school gardens. Although storms were in the weather forecast, golden rays of sunshine played a game of peek-a-boo on this beautiful morning in early June. As the school year was coming to a close, garden celebrations were in full swing!
Occurring during highly anticipated field day activities, Garden Coordinator Sarah held a farm-tastic end of year celebration! Tucked away amongst a little yellow shed and a crimson colored picket fence the Venable garden was packed with visitors. On this day over three hundred students came out to the garden! Some students participated in scavenger hunts while others planted zinnias and sunflowers to take home. But the highlight of the day was clearly the animal visits: Peanut the goat, Loopie the rooster, and a rabbit named Mr. Nibbles piqued everyone's interest!
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Community Market Days Begin
The UAC team has officially kicked off the 2022 Community Market Season, and is excited to announce expanded market dates throughout Charlottesville. Community members who live in subsidized or public housing can access fresh, local produce at no cost through October at our sites in the Westhaven, Friendship Court, Riverside, Midway Manor, and South 1st St. neighborhoods. Our team is excited to be harvesting again at West Street as well as from CATEC—which could not have happened without support from UVA Morven Farm, Piedmont Master Gardeners, CATEC students, local volunteer groups, and community members.
Chillin' in the bed of the truck; friends with Ira Wallace at 6th Street; fresh produce at Community Market Day; staying protected from the sun while working
Combating Food Insecurity and Hunger in the Commonwealth
Beginning in March 2020—when the students were sent home to learn, parents were working from home, testing sites started popping up, and business were on hold—support for food security efforts intensified and were broad and robust. Partners within Food Justice Network and beyond began collaborating in earnest to ensure students received meals at home, residents could receive groceries to their door, food pantries flourished with fresh and shelf stable foods, and we could aim to ensure access to healthy food across our area.
Together we can move Charlottesville from a foodie city to a food-E(quity) place for ALL residents!
For more information or to join Food Justice Network full team meetings, contact Aleen Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org
At Cultivate Charlottesville we believe that working together to grow gardens, share food and power, and advocate for just systems cultivates a healthy community for all.
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