A reminder about Summer Garden Camp at Buford Middle School coming soon (forms available below).

Garden Art!,  is our first session (July 25-30, 2011) for rising 5-6th grade students.  Campers will work in journals, participate in screen printing their designs, visit a local farm, plant an artful garden bed, and make art out of pizzas…..

Compost!, our second session (August 1-6, 2011), is for rising 7-8th grade students.  The session will be focused on the concept of composting and soil; students will help construct a compost bin, learn about components of healthy soil, travel to a composting facility, plant a “compost bed,” and learn about the fantastic produce that healthy soil produces.

Each day will end with students preparing a light lunch from garden produce, and each week culminates with a garden booth at the Saturday City Market.  Join us for a fun filled week!

Registration Forms are available for downloading here:  2011 Garden Camp Form

Scholarship Forms are available here: 2011 Camp Scholarship Form




















Know a rising 5th – 8th grader interested in gardening, cooking, garden-inspired art projects, field trips to local farms or selling fresh produce at the City Market? They may enjoy a week at Buford’s Summer Garden Camp! Kids will participate in age-appropriate garden activities (planting, harvesting & maintenance chores) while field trips, guest speakers and instructors will develop children’s curiosity about food and farming beyond the garden at Buford. Lunch each day will be prepared by campers and staff from ingredients harvested fresh from the garden. On Saturday, campers will meet at the City Market to assist in selling flowers, seeds and vegetables from the garden.

DATES: July 25th – 30th – Rising 5th & 6th graders; August 1st – 6th – Rising 7th & 8th graders

TIME: 8:30am – 1pm Monday through Friday (lunch included); 7:30am – noon for Saturday City Market booth

FEE: $175 for 5 camp sessions + 1 farmer’s market stand (Monday – Saturday). Limited sliding scale scholarships are available.

TO SIGN UP: Contact Linda Winecoff at (434) 882-1470 or schoolyardgarden.cville@gmail.com

Jennifer and Ellie

Volunteers this swell are hard to come by!  The Buford Schoolyard Garden Club, in January, reluctantly said goodbye to Chef Shawn (Kramer-Sisson) www.shwankie.net who initiated the club with an enthusiastic group of students in September, sharing her skills as a professional chef.  Board member, Tracey Webber www.eatwithtracey.com, and UVA senior, Ellie Freeman stepped in to fill the void, contributing their talents in food prep and nutrition to the after school club.  Not long afterward, a curious Jennifer Taylor walked in to see what was “cooking” and within a week, and an OK by central administration, she also joined in to assist with the cooking club.  Jennifer and Ellie have been such great role models for the students; they have created an atmosphere that’s both instructive and fun.


Building on the skills taught by Chef Shawn, the new lead Chefs inspired the students to new levels of creativity and curiosity in the kitchen.  The spring Garden yielded plenty of inspiration:  lettuces (Deer Tongue, Mesclun, Winter Mix), kale, onions, arugula, spinach, radishes (French Breakfast, Icicle), sweet potatoes (wintered over), and pea sprouts all found their way into imaginative and seasonal dishes.  One of the club’s favorites was built on a donation of individual pizza doughs from Mona Lisa Pasta www.monalisapasta.com, crisped with olive oil donated by Whole Foods Market www.wholefoodsmarket.com and topped with spinach and onions (among other creative ingredients) from the garden.  Yum!

Funny, there are never any leftovers!  All food was joyfully and heartily consumed by the students and an occasional staff member who might wander in. Anything left over was taken home for family and friends to sample.

Our Cooking Club year has come to a close, sadly, though not without one last hurrah for Cooking and Garden Club members!  Several travelled to Critzer’s Farm with Lisa Drake on Thursday to pick strawberries. The berries have been cleaned, sliced and frozen in anticipation of finding their way into home made ice cream at our 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social on June 6.  Couldn’t have a sweeter ending!

Thank you all the volunteers who have made the City Schoolyard Garden and Cooking and Garden clubs at Buford such a success this year:

Shawn Kramer-Sisson, Ellie Freeman, Jennifer Taylor, Tracey Webber, Brooke Ray, Betsy Donahue, Guinevere Higgins, Lisa Drake and thank you, Marcia Wisbauer, for sharing your kitchen.

We are so grateful for the incredibly generous funding and the amazing community support. Thank you, The Charlottesville Future Fund!
We could not be more honored than to be selected by The Charlottesville Future Fund as a grant recipient this year. Please join us in celebrating this wonderful group of local philanthropists as well as our fellow grantees the Sexual Assault Resource Agency on Wednesday evening at the Haven. And if you’re a 20-, 30- or 40-something in C’ville, the Future Fund is the group to join!

Location: The Haven at First & Market
Time: ‎6:00PM Wednesday, May 11th

Join us for a day in the garden

Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

There will be many opportunities to roll up your sleeves and help get the spring garden off to a great summer start.

If you are handy with construction and tools, please come help with the

Ramada Construction.

Rick Hazard, of Hazard and Associates, will be heading up the work crew, erecting cedar posts and laying lathe across the top for a shade structure.

Volunteer work to be done includes, weeding, shoveling and spreading mulch, planting summer starts and some hand spade work to be done in preparation for a stone patio.

There will be food and drinks at the end of the day for all our volunteers.

Join us on Saturday and enjoy a day in the garden!

Make your way to Sticks Kabob Shop this Friday and Saturday in honor of Earth Day and help support the City Schoolyard Garden at Buford while you enjoy an awesome meal.

Schoolyard Garden Hits Paydirt!

Earth Day is right around the corner and this Friday, Buford Middle School will join with Bill Hamilton, his partners Ty and Chris, and Sticks Kabob Shop to celebrate.  We are celebrating a commitment to recycling; Buford with our new rainwater harvesting system (more on that to follow!) and Sticks Kabob Shop, representing a certified “Green” restaurant participating in a substantial recycling program for their packaging materials and kitchen wastes.

In support of the City Schoolyard Garden at Buford, the partners behind local Sticks Restaurant will donate 10% of the profits from sales on both Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 to the garden.  Try our favorite, pita and humous with a side of fresh tomatoes, cukes and onions! Yum!

Thank you, Sticks Kabob Shop, for your support and for sharing our commitment to recycling.