C’ville Foodscapes designs, installs, and maintains food-producing gardens in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our mission is to help people grow healthy food using organic, sustainable methods.
We believe that if more people knew the simple joys
We believe that in a world where we are acutely aware of the impact we are having on our environment, growing some portion of our
We believe that fresh, wholesome, healthy food is a right, not a privilege that varies by race or income level. That is why we set up our Garden Grant program. We want to ensure that those who are
We believe that businesses function optimally when they are owned by those who work for them – we take pride in and responsibility for
About the Foodscapers
Sky Blue has lived and worked in the Co-operative and Intentional Communities Movement for 13 years, working most closely with Twin Oaks Community, the Federation of Egalitarian Communities, and PEACH, a co-operative health-care fund. His work focuses on co-operative organizational development and group process. With Alexander House Inn & Hostel, and now C’ville Foodscapes, he has moved into the business arena, with a focus on the legal and financial aspects of both worker-owned businesses. Living at Twin Oaks provided Sky with several years of gardening and food-processing experience. He is entering his second year co-managing the garden for Woodfolk House, a co-operative house in Charlottesville.
Sam Pierceall is a traveler, a writer, a gardener, and an eternal student.
Kassia Arbabi is a community activist, musician, and gardener. She spent four years living at Twin Oaks Community in Louisa County. There she played Klezmer Music with the Vulgar Bulgars and fell in love with growing and preserving food. Kassia participated in nearly every aspect of food production on the community’s farm. In 2007 she moved to Connecticut to work on a Jewish Community Farm, where she enjoyed the opportunity to grow food in a very different setting. Inspired by wanderlust and a desire for urban sustainability, she then spent nine months traveling in the US and Europe, visiting and learning about a wide variety of sustainable communities. Kassia moved to Charlottesville in 2009, intending to bring the joys of rural sustainability into an urban setting. Last year, she co-managed her collective house’s large garden along with Sky, growing and preserving copious amounts of vegetables. She is excited to share her love for growing delicious food with the wider Charlottesville Community. Community.
Patrick Costello is an artist, organizer, gardener, and bicycle rider. A graduate of the University of Virginia and proud Charlottesville resident, he began vegetable gardening with his mom in elementary school and quickly developed an addiction to backyard grown salsa. In 2007, Patrick worked with Green Guerillas, where he had the opportunity to do community organizing work and help manage the Harvest for Neighborhoods program. The program had him planting and maintaining available community garden beds in Brooklyn, harvesting the produce for neighborhood food pantries and soup kitchens. Continuing to garden and organize ever since he is genuinely interested in helping create food security in Charlottesville because he thinks that everyone likes to eat.s to eat.
Angel Shockley is an aspiring mistress of curiosity and a woman committed to making her wildest dreams come true. One of these dreams is to transform urban areas into beautiful, livable, food growing spaces while supporting others in discovering the joys of gardening. As a teenager, she began gardening and growing plants in her rural Virginia home. After graduating from college, she spent three years learning, living and working on farms in California, Hawaii, Montana, and Virginia. Angel has lived in Charlottesville since December 2008 and is excited to help more gardens grow. grow.
When Angel moved in across the street from Patrick
It wasn’t long before we all found our way back to
Our early meetings felt almost eerily charmed and magical. Our skill sets and past experiences fit neatly together. In addition
A bit giddy with excitement, our initial visioning was broad and expansive. We dreamed of backyard gardens blanketing the town. We dreamed of an urban CSA run out of people’s yards. We dreamed of neighborhood veggie stands selling produce grown right on the block, and of abandoned lots turned into thriving community gardens. We wanted to help transform Charlottesville into a patchwork of thriving edible foodscapes. As we continued meeting regularly, many questions arose, and we discussed a myriad of different ways that an urban agriculture project could exist in the city of Charlottesville. With guidance from local organizations and suggestions from friends, we spent many long hours hashing things out in living rooms and on porches over endless cups of tea. Eventually, we honed the project and emerged nearly a year later as C’ville Foodscapes.scapes.