With the support of Facebook, Phase 2 of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park’s Belle Haven Community Garden can now begin. “At Facebook, we’re committed to supporting our neighbors,” said Lauren Swezey, Facebook’s Sustainability and Community Outreach Manager. “We look forward to participating in Belle Haven’s new community garden and getting to know the families who are involved.”
Phase 1 of the Community Garden (pictured) has been completed thanks to the coordination of residents, the City of Menlo Park, and contributing sponsor Greenheart Land Company.
Phase 2 will include up to 12 fruit trees and an additional 10 garden beds to add to the already leased out 25 garden beds. Additional residents will be able to lease (at no cost) a garden bed once the new beds are completed in time for the spring planting. The garden is located at Ivy and Market St. in the Belle Haven community down the street from Belle Haven Elementary school.
“Over the past two years, the Rotary Club of Menlo Park has made connecting to the community one of the top priorities for service,” said Glen Rojas, Former Rotary Club President and a key leader of the Belle Haven project.
Rotary believes that in order to better serve the community, it is imperative that partnerships be established so that resources can be maximized to their fullest. The Club has established connections with the City of Menlo Park, the Chamber of Commerce, the business community, Menlo College, Eastside College Preparatory School, Menlo-Atherton High School and Facebook, to name a few.