A Community Grows Together:
The Bellevue Community Center (BCC) Garden and Urban Farm was established in 2014 to address a need for increasing awareness of healthy eating and access to fresh locally grown food and to establish a local connection to where food comes from. The 20,000 sqft multifunctional garden is used community members to grow their own food, for educational purposes, and for growing food that supplies our seasonal weekly farm stand and the BCC kitchen for youth programming.
As a key component to reaching people, BCC Garden and Urban Farm hosts the Bellefonte Farmer’s Market where other local producers and entrepreneurs connect with the community and help us grow local sustainability.
Highlights from the 2017 season:
-First season of farming for food production
-over 2000lbs of food, flowers, and herbs grown
-Reached over 100 children with garden based education and farm to table experience
-Hundreds of community members attend the Bellefonte Farmer’s Market and weekly farm stand
-BCC Garden and Urban Farm build a solitary bee habitat and plant a pollinator garden for supporting our beneficial insect community
Plans for 2018
-Build a mobile farm stand to reach more community members with fresh locally grown food
-Provide beneficial on-the-job experience to at-risk youth
-Increase sustainable farming methods including installing a drip irrigation system water use efficiency and conservation
-Increase growing space for more produce variety and yields
-Offer adult garden based education opportunities
-Rent a community garden bed
-Volunteer opportunities; farming/gardening, events, farm stand, etc.
-Attend the market, farm stand, and other events
-Make a tax deductible donation to support our efforts