PITTSBURGH - Summer's bounty fills up the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden in Bellevue
“We've got a couple of varieties of beans. We have purple, yellow, green,” garden coordinator Rosie Wise showed Channel 11 on a recent trip.
All the produce is lovingly planted, gently tended and carefully gathered.
This organic produce is of the highest quality, but it is not sold to stores.
The food is given away to the hungry people who use the food pantries of the North Hills Community Outreach.
“Within 24 hours it's picked, packaged and given out at pantry. So it is fresh. It's fresher than what you get at the grocery store,” said Wise.
The garden is truly grass roots, financially supported by the community, run by volunteers; even the land was a gift.
It was donated by Maria Magee's mother, and named for her grandmother who used to garden here.
“She knew it would provide a lot of food for the community and it was just something she wanted to do,” said Magee.
Right now, the summer squash and onions are ready for harvest, and by the season's end, 3,500 pounds of fresh, organic produce will come out of this garden.
The garden is also growing, with fruit trees added in 2012, a children's garden, and a high tunnel that allows for harvesting cold weather vegetables nearly year round.
"This is grown for them. This isn't something that was picked over at a store or now given to the pantry, something no one wanted,” said Wise. “To see people get excited about fresh produce, I've really accomplished a lot.”
The Garden is holding an open house on Aug. 16 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
To learn more about the event or how to help, CLICK HERE.