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Last Monday at Buford Middle School’s Open House, we asked the students to “get their hands in the garden” and add their handprint to our banner for the school’s cafeteria.  Assistant Principal Rusina, Assistant Principal Davis, and Principal Johnson were among the contributers at the event.  Students and staff will have other opportunities to add their hands to our banner during their lunch time and at Back-to-School night on September 14th.  Thank you so much to everyone who helped out!

This week teachers at Buford started back to school, more fall crops went into the ground, and preparations for our 2nd Annual Harvest Festival on October 21st got underway (details coming soon).  Below are some photos of recent garden developments.  We are looking forward to a very exciting fall semester!!  Check out our Upcoming Events page to see more of what will be going on!

Sunflower seeds ready for harvest

This week's bounty for Buford teachers to take home

Pickling fresh beans

Our first muskmelon of the year

Summer Garden Camp at Open Gate Farm

This year City Schoolyard Garden partnered with the Boys and Girls Club to host our one-week camp.  In the Buford garden the students helped dig new garden beds, designed a camp banner, saved seeds from our radishes and hollyhocks, and harvested tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, and bush beans to make hors d’oeuvres for lunch each day.  Over the course of the week we also made pizzas with Jim Winecoff at Mona Lisa Pasta, designed and decorated t-shirts with local artist Hannah Barefoot, and toured Open Gate Farm with Farmer Tom Ward.  We finished the week with a booth at the Saturday Farmer’s Market where we handed out seed packets and showed off fresh sunflowers, tomatoes, and zucchini from the garden.

Thanks so much to our wonderful volunteer Leah Gable for helping out all this week!

Thanks to Jim, Hannah, and Tom for sharing your skills with the students!

and… Thanks to Rebecca Hengstler and the wonderful staff at the Boys and Girls Club for supporting the camp throughout the week!

To see photos from camp CLICK HERE!

The City Schoolyard Garden Camp will be at the Charlottesville City Market on Saturday from 7:30 am – 12:00 pm.  After a fun and exciting week of camp with the Boys and Girls Club, some of our students will be joining us at the market to show off their new camp t-shirts and to give away hollyhock, zinnia, and radish seeds.  We hope to see you there!

As the new Garden Educator at Buford, I would like to introduce myself to those of you I haven’t gotten the chance to meet, and to let you all know a bit about what has gone on in the garden since June.  After a little garden maintenance and planting new summer vegetables (see photos below), we began working in the garden with Boys and Girls Club’s summer programs and Parks and Recreation’s summer camp at Buford.  The students helped plant new garden beds, search for ground cherries, and harvest potatoes and chard.  Here is a look at the exciting changes to the garden this summer:

June 15th, 2011

July 16th, 2011

I would like to thank you all for supporting the garden at Buford.  I feel so fortunate to get to work with you all over the course of the year!

~ Emily Axelbaum, emilyaxe@gmail.com

We are still registering kids for our Summer Garden Camp and have a new, reduced rate!




Where:  The organic garden at Buford Middle School

When:  July 15-30 – Rising 5th and 6th graders (GARDEN ART!)

August 1-6 – Rising 7th and 8th graders (COMPOST!)

Time:  8:30 am to 1:00 pm Monday to Friday; light lunch prepared by students from garden harvest

Fee:  $80.00 per camp session + Farmer’s Market stand on Saturday.

(Camp is limited to 12 campers per session)

More Info:  Linda Winecoff, 434-882-1470 or schoolyardgarden,cville@gmail.com

Registration Forms:  2011 Garden Camp Form     2011 Camp Scholarship Form