It would’ve been hard to order up a more perfect day for harvesting fresh vegetables in Basin’s Backyard Garden. Temperatures are in the low 80s, and there is a slight breeze. Lori Goetzfridt and Chris Gessele harvested 30 pounds of … Continue reading
On July 13, we harvested 38 pounds of swiss chard, kohlrabi, and zucchini. We donated the luscious produce to Heaven’s Helpers Soup Cafe. Mark Meier was excited to use the veggies. Garden volunteer Angela Magstadt was excited Mark knew what … Continue reading
So, we’ve been doing a lot of weeding and preventing of future weeds in Basin’s Backyard Garden this year. The last couple of years, weeds have done a real number on us, so we’re getting out ahead of the pests. … Continue reading
This year, we’re trying something different to control weeds. Instead of endless hours of chopping and pulling weeds, we are going to suffocate them out with grass clippings. The Basin Electric facilities staff is bringing us grass after they mow, … Continue reading
Some Basin’s Backyard Gardeners took their afternoon break to do some weeding. Temperatures are in the mid-70s, and the soil is soft from last night’s 1-inch rainfall, so conditions couldn’t have been better for the back-breaking labor.
Basin’s Backyard Gardeners planted crops May 24. The season is starting out hot and dry, and Basin Electric facilities staff set up the gardeners with a hose to do supplemental watering this year if need be. This year, gardeners planted: … Continue reading
The final harvest at Basin’s Backyard Garden on Oct. 25 yielded 52 pounds of veggie goodness. So, in 2017, that’s 213.5 pounds of food donated to local food pantries from Basin’s Backyard Garden.
Lori Goetzfridt and Tracie Bettenhausen harvested potatoes, tomatoes, celery, swiss chard, onions, peppers, and a couple more eggplants.
The tomatoes were especially beautiful, though we didn’t capture any photos.
We usually make our donations at noon, but that wasn’t in the cards on this day. Since this was going to be an after-work donation, we checked out the Hunger Free ND list of centers that will accept garden produce. There was one open until 7 p.m. that night – Hope on the Horizon Faith City Chapel. A quick phone call to the number on the list gave us the answer we needed – they were happy to accept our vegetables that night.
Faith City Chapel is located on Memorial Highway in Bismarck. Along with holding church services, the chapel hosts a free meal every Monday and Wednesday night. When we got there, the servers were right in the middle of serving supper.
They were so appreciative of the vegetables, and we were happy to find a new spot to start donating our garden goodness in 2018.
Today, 37 pounds of cucumbers, jalepenos, banana peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and onions were harvested in Basin’s Backyard Garden.
If we’re being truthful, we could’ve also harvested kale and lettuce as well.
The harvest went to Ruth Meiers Hospitality House.
Over the last week, the Basin’s Backyard Gardeners have done two harvests and two donations to Ruth Meiers Hospitality House.
On Aug. 23, gardeners harvested 41 pounds of cucumbers, green beans, jalapenos, kale, lettuce, and celery.
On Aug. 29, gardeners harvested 38 pounds of potatoes, cucumbers, green beans, kale, lettuce, swiss chard, and eggplant.
So far this year, that’s 124.5 pounds of produce harvested and donated to local food pantries.
Then, they shot a second video with coordinator Tracie Bettenhausen. Thanks to Marci Narum and Jody Kerzman for the attention!
Read the story about Basin’s Backyard Garden in Inspired Woman Magazine: Cooperation grows abundantly