2015 Charlottesville Sustainable Agriculture Internship + A Thank You!

Love to learn? Love being active? Want to learn more about sustainable living? Looking for a dynamic internship that doesn’t require sitting in a cubicle from 9-5? The Charlottesville Sustainable Agriculture Internship offers a unique opportunity for two interns to learn about sustainable farming and community gardening through active engagement at the U.Va. Community Garden and Bellair Farm in Charlottesville, Virginia. For more information, see below. Apply by Wednesday, March 25, 2015!

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We’d love to thank the anonymous donors who left some presents and some labor in the garden this week! After digging out of the snow, we found two beds full of compost and fresh soil, two bags of compost, a bag of potting soil, a bag of organic fertilizer, some lovely leather gloves, and a compost tea bucket awaiting us! THANK YOU!!! We’ll put these to great use as we gear up for the spring. See you at our first workday on Wednesday, March 18th from 11 to 1!

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See you in the garden!

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like… SPRING!

Greetings everyone!

The Garden is prepping for another beautiful and bountiful spring season. Last week, the Garden Leadership Team traveled to Red Hill Farm just 20 minutes away from UVA to plant our starters in their greenhouse. We started broccoli rabe, bell peppers, dinosaur kale, and eggplant, so gardeners, GET READY for some AWESOME gardening work days :) Below is a picture of Richard Harrison; he and his wife Wendy are the owners of the Farm at Red Hill. He was kind enough to give us a tour of the greenhouse. They grow produce all year round; ginger makes up a large portion of their output. In addition, the Harrisons offer a line of fresh salsas, hummus, pesto, dips and habenero jams. They sell them in multiple locations in Charlottesville (I see them at the Barracks Kroger all the time). If you ever have a chance, try them out! Black bean salsa is one of the team’s favorites.

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Here we are planting the baby seeds!

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We are excited to pick up gardening this spring. Look out for emails about work days and our annual BIG SPRING THING!

Peace, love, and sunshine,

The Garden Leadership Team

Winter Prep

As the breeze blows colder and the days grow darker, activity in the garden inevitably winds down. The next two weeks will be focused on preparing the garden for winter. Today, we covered beds with row covers and hay to keep what’s alive warm, and took out the skeletons of the fall crops. We also raked leaves and put compost on our Gilmer plot. Our favorite faculty family came by again, probably this fall’s most enthusiastic and dedicated gardeners. 

Come by for the last workday of the semester: Sunday, 11/17 at 3 pm

A potluck may or may not be in the works…

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UVA Community Garden Honored by the P.U.M.P.K.I.N Society

That’s right! The UVA Garden was recognized this past month by the P.U.M.P.K.I.N. Society, one of the secret societies here at UVA. In recognition for the garden’s commitment to the wonderful gourd, the P.U.M.P.K.I.N. Society left us the intricately carved pumpkin pictured below (it’s a fancy “P” if you weren’t sure!) and letter of recognition. What an honor! Definitely one of this fall’s highlights.

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