MSI Information Session

Come out to Open Grounds on Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. for an information session about the unique 2017 course offerings at the Morven Summer Institute. Information and free pizza will be in [...]

UVA February Food Film Forum – February 28th!

Please mark your calendars for the next UVA Food Film Forum! UVA Sustainability, UVa Food Collaborative, and UVA Dining present the NEW documentary Sustainable: the future of our food system determines the future of mankind  This event is FREE and open to the public. Tuesday, February 28, Newcomb Hall Theatre (on the Lower Level) Food 5:00 Film 5:30  Forum 7:00 Parking at the Newcomb Garage.  Forum Discussion with Professor Randy Lutter, Dr Megan McGroddy and Professor Brad Brown [...]

Sustainability Plan & Next Steps

On April 21st, 2016, the University of Virginia unveiled a comprehensive Sustainability Plan outlining specific short- and long-term goals for the next four years. The Sustainability Plan is based on “ideas and recommendations from over one hundred students, staff, and faculty across Grounds” and builds on the University’s many existing programs and accomplishments. The framework of the plan is organized around three main themes: Engage, Steward, and Discover. Each theme includes a [...]

Local Food Hub’s Annual Report

As a UVa Food Collaborative partner, Local Food Hub works to integrate education and the UVa community into its larger mission of a healthy and resilient regional food system. Through support services, infrastructure, and market opportunities, Local Food Hub connects people with foodgrown close to home, and their latest annual report highlights a few of their diverse farm partners and the impacts of making fresh, local food more available to the Charlottesville community. Read more about it [...]

City Schoolyard Garden: Dig Into Spring!

City Schoolyard Garden and our partners PB&J Fund and Harvest Moon Catering invite you to join us for a special dinner and fundraiser on Friday, March 20. We are celebrating the Spring Equinox with a delicious four-course meal created by the chefs at Harvest Moon, featuring produce harvested right from CSG’s gardens. Please visit the Dig into Spring site for more details and to purchase tickets. And please help to publicize this special event! Your support of this premier evening will [...]

Food Film Forum Screening Prompts Local Action Against Pesticides

Last April, the Food Collaborative, in partnership with the Sierra Club, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, and Whole Foods, hosted a screening of the film “A Chemical Reaction.” Concerned by the information conveyed in the film and in the following panel, a group of Charlottesville residents has taken action to reduce pesticide use in our community. See the “Daily Progress” story in our “Resources” section or at the link below for a look at their efforts! [...]

Strengthening Connections with the City Schoolyard Garden

Several current and former UVA Food Collaborative members will be working closely with the City Schoolyard Garden this Spring in cultivating youth interest in gardening and sustainable, healthy living. Former Steering Committee member Samantha Taggart (CLAS ’14) will be working with the City Schoolyard Garden as part of a fellowship with the Allegheny Mountain School, a program designed to facilitate the growth of a more sustainable and just food system by placing its fellows in [...]

Virginia Receives Nearly $1.2 Million in Funding to Strengthen Local Food Economies

Eighteen local and regional projects are expected to receive nearly $1.2 million in USDA funding to support local agriculture economies and access to healthy foods, according to an announcement by Governor McAuliffe’s office on September 29. The funding was authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill and Virginia received funding for three programs aimed at recruiting and training farmers, expanding economic opportunities and increasing healthy foods. “The awards announced today will not only [...]

Congratulations to UVA Dining for Achieving Marine Stewardship Council Certification!

The University of Virginia and James Madison University recently became the first Aramark properties in the United States to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC Chain of Custody certification will allow U.Va. Dining to provide certified sustainable wild-caught seafood in three residential dining locations (Newcomb Hall’s Fresh Food Company, Runk, and O’Hill). The certification ensures that the seafood is never mixed or substituted with non-certified seafood at [...]

Temple Hill Farm Seeking Veteran-Farmer

Seeking a Veteran-Farmer to establish farm business on 41 acres in central Virginia, west of Charlottesville. Applicant shall have recent military experience with an honorable discharge, be drug-free and have a comfort level with small-scale farming. Owner will consider options for farm production from vegetables to small-scale livestock, farmed organically or as close to natural as possible. Ideas for alternate enterprises are also welcome: native plant production, beekeeping, medicinal and [...]