The BELL Garden exists to cultivate, guide, and encourage shared community values of healthy living and lifelong learning. We support this mission by providing practical learning opportunities for residents of the community in a setting that promotes physical activity, healthy eating, environmental stewardship, and multi-cultural connections for all generations.

Come visit the BELL Garden, home to…..

  • an ADA compliant pathway
  • a daylily garden
  • a butterfly garden
  • 5 backyard hens & coop
  • a portable classroom/kitchen
  • a fruit tree orchard
  • a blackberry fencerow
  • fruits, vegetables and herbs
  • raised beds
  • a greenhouse
  • a Victory Garden


Our Goal

BELL Garden is committed to sharing the vision and benefits of bringing people together for a common goal of healthy living. Our goal is to grow our harvest, serve the entire community, and share with all, including those in need.

Current initiatives include classroom interaction & hands on lessons in the garden, community events, garden workdays, an after school garden program, and produce tastings.Bell Garden is committed to sharing our harvest with the entire community, including those in need.

Our garden is open to all visitors from dawn until dusk daily unless a school class is in session.

EVE Certified

About EVE

We are very proud to have completed all the requirements to qualify for the Hands On Nashville EVE certification!

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE), a certification program for Middle Tennessee nonprofits, is the first certification effort of its kind in the nation. EVE recognizes non profit organizations that employ high-quality volunteer management practices. The goal of EVE is to increase volunteerism in Davidson County by encouraging all nonprofits to work toward volunteer management programs that offer first-rate volunteer opportunities and experiences.

All nonprofit organizations headquartered in Davidson County are eligible to apply.

EVE is presented and facilitated by Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management. A panel of judges representing the volunteer community, nonprofits, and civic engagement leaders from the private sector determine which organizations qualify for the two-year certification.


For those agencies that achieve EVE certification, a distinctive green ribbon will be provided to serve as a beacon for volunteers.

Nonprofits are reviewed on five key areas of volunteer management. All EVE-certified organizations will:

  1. Include a volunteer component in their strategic plans.
  2. Have an identified and trained volunteer manager.
  3. Ensure volunteers’ time and talent are well-utilized.
  4. Provide orientation for all volunteers.
  5. Evaluate volunteers’ impact on the community and agency.

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement was co-founded by Hands On Nashville, Center for Nonprofit Management and the Mayor’s Office in November 2011.

Become a Volunteer Today

Get ready to meet some new friends, catch up with old friends, have fun and learn something about gardening and chickening!


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In the summer of 2009, a group of Bellevue residents and community leaders were inspired to travel to Berkeley, California to see the original Edible Schoolyard. Conceived by Alice Waters, a public policy advocate for school lunch reform and universal access to healthy, organic foods, the Edible Schoolyard is a one-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School in Berkeley. Teachers and Edible Schoolyard Educators collaborate to integrate the garden into the school’s curriculum, giving students the opportunity for hands-on learning. Students participate in growing, harvesting, and preparing meals with the plants they grow in the garden. Excited about what this could mean for our community, our founders brought back with them the idea of adopting the Edible Schoolyard concept in our local schools and with support from the Bellevue community, the Bellevue Edible Learning Lab (BELL Garden) was started.


Officers & Executive Committee

Melissa Hamilton, President
Deborah Stillwell, Vice President
Rachel Allensworth, Treasurer
Robert Allensworth, Secretary


Renee Anzalone
Charles Darby
Keith W. Hyman
Desiree Johnson
Flossie Maxwell, Past President
Chuck Naab
Pat Ramey
Ethelynel Williams
Gail Wilson


Garden Manager – Part Time Contractor

(Ex Officio – Non Voting)

Christina Crawford, Manager

Advisory Board (Ex Officio – Non-Voting)

Bob Allen, Director (deceased)
Nan J. Cowan, Past President
Leesa Leclaire, Past President

Clyde Ramey, Past President

Bellevue Prep IB (International Baccalaureate)

World School (Ex Officio)
Dr. Seth Swihart, Principal
Dr. Susan Carter, Asst Principal