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The Food Pantry Farm: A Model for Health & Empowerment

October 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


North Hills Community Outreach’s Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden is a volunteer-run, community-supported garden. During the 2017 growing season, it grew nearly 5,000 pounds of fresh produce for three food pantries, serving over 1,400 families in need.

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 garden. By providing access to fresh, nutritious food, staff and volunteers hope to reduce levels of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and also provide clients a normal food shopping experience during some of the most difficult times in their lives.

During this free tour of the garden, farmer Alyssa Crawford will discuss the garden’s unique model for health and empowerment. She’ll also explain how the garden utilizes volunteer labor, in-ground beds for intensive production, and high tunnels in the city.

Image credit: Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden


Alyssa Crawford is the garden and youth coordinator at North Hills Community Outreach’s Rosalinda Sauro Siriani Garden. Alyssa has managed the daily operations of the garden since 2015.

Additional information

This is a CRAFT event. CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) events are designed for aspiring and beginning farmers, but can nonetheless provide valuable opportunities for experienced farmers to glean insights from their peers.


Take a look at our frequently asked questions about our workshops and events. Otherwise, please contact this event’s coordinator, Dan Dalton, by email at dan@pasafarming.org or by phone at (814) 349-9856 x710.


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Date: Tue, October 16, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Community Garden
119 Davis Avenue
Bellevue, PA 15202

Cost: Free Register Now

Event Category: PASA Events