This article originally appeared in WTAE on April 25, 2023.
Tuesday night in East Liberty, volunteers filled a community garden to roll up their sleeves and get to work beautifying the land and preparing for the growing season.
All the work — the digging, the weeding, the mulching — is in memory of the 11 people killed in the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
The timing coincides with the jury selection taking place as the trial of the shooter gets underway, giving people an outlet toward healing.
At the Sheraton Avenue Orchard in East Liberty, everything growing here gets donated to the East End Cooperative Ministries’ food pantry. Everyone is welcome to help out.
“No previous gardening experience required,” says Annie Dunn, senior program associate for Repair the World Pittsburgh. “We’re all about knowledge sharing here.”