Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Patience and Pumpkins

Thank you to the VBS class of Berkeley Hills  Lutheran Church.  They helped with harvesting and measuring zucchini, beans and onions.  We talked a little about how gardening teaches us about patience and how eating what is in season is a good way to determine what's for dinner. 

Pumpkin 7/5/2011

Same pumpkin on 7/12/2011
 The pumpkins aren't quite ready yet.  Check out how pretty our beans look. 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Pretty pics of the garden on 6-28-2011

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Planting Day May 14, 2011

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The first planting season!

Build Day April 16, 2011

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Volunteers, NHCO, Grow Pittsburgh and the Western PA Conservancy Gardens and Greenspace staff helped build and fill two raised beds, a compost bin, and stake out our contour beds on a rainy spring day.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Youth Leadership Coordinators, Zach, Alora and Alicia
Welcome to our blog. We are the Youth Leadership Coordinators of the North Hills Community Outreach.  Along with NHCO's Garden Coordinator and volunteers, we help plant seeds and seedlings, water, weed and take care of the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden.

The small 1/3 acre plot of land at 119 Davis Avenue in Bellvue, Pa has a long history, dating back to the early 1900s when Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni first began to garden at the site. As a mother of 5 children in the midst of the Great Depression, Rosalinda worked the land tirelessly year round to produce an abundance of fruits and vegetables that her children sold to the neighbors in town. The money earned from selling the produce helped not only to pay the bills but also to send all the children to college. 
After the death of Mrs. Sirianni, the plot remained vacant for many years until in 2008 when Rosalinda’s daughter, Teresa Ameilo, donated the land to North Hills Community Outreach with the idea that a garden could once again be created, in her mothers memory, and all the organic fruits and vegetables produced by the garden could be donated to the NHCO food pantries.
With the help of eagle scout, Wade Cupcheck, and over a hundred dedicated volunteers, the land was cleared, a shed and fence were built, and the seeds were planted. Today, just a few months later, the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Memorial Garden, is flourishing beyond belief. The plants are producing more than ever expected, thanks to the excellent soil condition. Each week, the food pantries in Allison Park and Bellvue are stocked with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to go around. The countless hours of hard work by  dedicated volunteers and staff has certainly paid off. We are thrilled to see the garden doing so well and look forward to further success in years to come.