Look How Mighty This Bellevue Garden Has Grown
Last season, the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden produced 4,862 pounds of food; the harvest was donated to three food pantries.
photo courtesy north hills community outreach
Visit a Garden in Bellevue to Develop a Green thumb — and do some good.
In 2011, North Hills Community Outreach began its first growing and donating season at the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden in Bellevue. Last season, the garden produced 4,862 pounds of food; the harvest was donated to food pantries in Allison Park, Bellevue and Millvale.
The community resource is alive and thriving thanks to the efforts of North Hills Community Outreach as well as grants, donations and local volunteers.
“It wouldn’t be possible to do what we do without the help of the community, and I think that’s the most important part,” says Alyssa Crawford, the garden and youth coordinator.
Donations of fresh and organic produce are vital to food pantries; with a small-but-mighty community garden nearby, the trio of northern pantries is able to supply veggies to more than 1,400 families.
“We are also a place of learning to the community,” says Crawford; the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden welcomes community members and boy and girl scouts to both assist and learn about the history of the garden while engaging in activities to enhance the garden’s capacity.
Community members can also volunteer — and learn plenty of skills to apply in their own gardens — during open hours, which last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Monday and Thursday, April through October.