North Hills Community Outreach’s (NHCO) Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden is a volunteer, community-supported organic garden. During the 2018 growing season, we grew 5,500 pounds of fresh produce for our three food pantries, serving over 1,4000 families in need. Please check out our website to learn about ways you can get involved.
176,360 residents of Allegheny County, one in seven, are food insecure, meaning they are often forced to skip meals, eat less at meals, buy cheap non-nutritious food and/or feed their children but not themselves. Of those, over 45,070 are children under the age of 18. That’s nearly 19% of kids living in our county!
At North Hills Community Outreach, we serve over 1,500 families per year with our three food pantries, averaging about 500 families per month. We strive to provide the best food we can to our clients. Quality food is often expensive, and so the ability to provide low-income families the opportunity to eat well is the driving force behind the hard work that is poured into the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Memorial Garden. By providing fresh highly nutritious food, we hope to reduce levels of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and also give our clients a normal food shopping experience at some of the most difficult times in their lives.The garden is just one of the many programs that NHCO offers to help move people from poverty to self-sufficiency.
In response to the high rates of food insecurity in the North Hills and the need for more fresh fruits and vegetables, we celebrated our first growing season in 2011 and grew more than 3,000 pounds of food with the help of more than 150 volunteers. In 2012, we expanded the garden to help even more families and create a place to connect more community members with our beautiful garden. We planted 23 fruit trees donated by the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. The garden produced 3,500 pounds of food. A high tunnel extends the growing season of a number of cold-weather vegetables including spinach, kale and other greens
In 2013, a strawberry patch was added and a Children’s Rainbow Garden was installed, where children can plant, raise and harvest kid-friendly crops with adult supervision. In 2014, volunteer beekeepers installed and maintain an apiary so that honeybees, which are a vital component of organic gardening, can easily pollinate our crops.
The garden has large compost bins, an information kiosk, a rain garden, geocache, and a bioswale and regularly hosts educational workshops for the community.
Individuals, families, community clubs, church groups, youth organizations and companies all contribute to the success of NHCO Gardens. Everyone is welcome! No experience is necessary. On-the-job training, supervision and all necessary gardening equipment and supplies are provided. We need help every week of the growing season spring through fall to plant, water, weed and especially harvest the bounty.
Please consider coming out to our Open Volunteer Hours which are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday and Thursday, April through October. No RSVP is required unless you are a group of 5 or more. Volunteer hours will not be held on national holidays. All scheduled work days are held rain, shine or snow.
First time volunteering? Make sure to bring a water bottle, dress appropriately in clothes you don’t mind getting a bit dirty in, and wear closed toe shoes. Please download and bring a completed Adult or Youth Volunteer Registration Form to your first volunteer session if possible.
Want to get involved but have limited time? You can still support the work we do by making a donation to purchase specific items listed below. The generosity of our community makes NHCO Gardens possible.
Our greatest current needs are compost, straw bales, seeds and seedlings. Please see our Garden Supply Wishlist and contact Alyssa (412-307-0069 x 3311) for more specific information.
We also welcome gift certificates from any hardware or garden store in Pittsburgh.
Donations can be dropped off at NHCO Millvale, North Boroughs or Allison Park offices or at the garden during business hours, or appointments can be made by contacting Alyssa at 412-307-0069 ext 3311.
NHCO’s Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Memorial Garden is located at 119 Davis Ave., Bellevue, PA 15202 Please note: There is no mail delivery at the garden! We appreciate your financial donations and correspondence. Please mail checks or correspondence to NHCO, 1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101.
Thank you to all past, present and future donors.
We provide a variety of educational opportunities for all age groups. Topics include food insecurity, nutrition, sustainable growing practices, seed starting, cooking and more!
Hands-on educational garden tours
Conferences and Presentations- We have presented at the Farm To Table Local Food Conference and give educational presentations at local schools.
Workshops- We have hosted workshops in partnership with Grow Pittsburgh.
Youth Leadership Opportunities
Internships – We will gladly work with interested students to develop and facilitate internships at any time of the year.
Interested in partnering with NHCO Gardens and learning more about educational opportunities? Contact
412-307-0069 x 3311.