We cleaned out Basin’s Backyard Garden for the 2018 season. What a year we had. We donated to seven different food pantries. We gave to Heaven’s Helper’s Soup Cafe and Community Action Program Region VII each three separate times. We … Continue reading
National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association featured Basin’s Backyard Garden in their weekly newsletter. Here is a short excerpt with a link to the full article, Co-op Volunteers Are Making Friends and Easing Hunger With Community Garden.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative employees are tapping into North Dakota’s rich agricultural heritage as part of their commitment to help fight hunger in communities around Bismarck.
A community garden on the generation and transmission cooperative’s headquarters campus is managed entirely by co-op volunteers and produces hundreds of pounds of fresh produce for area food pantries each year.
“We plant the garden right around Memorial Day. I start working with our facilities staff to determine needs for the year in April,” said Tracie Bettenhausen, a senior staff writer/editor in Basin Electric’s communications department.
Bettenhausen holds an organizational meeting in the spring as soil temperatures edge toward planting range. Keep reading…
It was a chilly late afternoon on Oct. 16, but the Basin’s Backyard Gardeners completed their last harvest of the 2018 season! Root vegetables were the focus, mostly. We harvested 74.6 pounds of carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and a couple … Continue reading
One of the most frustrating – yet rewarding – parts of gardening is pulling weeds. This year in Basin’s Backyard Garden, we’ve tried to reduce weeds through spreading grass clippings around the plants. While this did hold down weeds, there … Continue reading
In an effort to beat the frost, Erin Huntimer and Tracie Bettenhausen harvested the entire celery crop — all 37.6 pounds. The fresh, stalky wonders went to the Burleigh County Emergency Food Pantry. Food Pantry Volunteer Dave Zentner says they … Continue reading
Yesterday, we had our third largest harvest ever in Basin’s Backyard Garden!! Our largest harvest ever was on Aug. 26, 2015, weighing in at 164.8 pounds. Our second largest harvest ever was Sept. 22, 2016, weighing in at 164.6 pounds. … Continue reading
The Basin’s Backyard Gardeners harvested 118 pounds in the garden today – potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, and zucchini to beat the bank. We weighed the two largest zucchini on their own – and they weighed 10 pounds. Wow! Amanda … Continue reading
We had a gorgeous wind-and-heat-free morning to harvest in Basin’s Backyard Garden. We took 68.5 pounds of swiss chard, tomatoes, kohlrabi, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini. We forgot to get a photo of the harvest (darn it!) so we made … Continue reading
WHAT A HARVEST in Basin’s Backyard Garden this morning.
We got out there before the heat came on, and harvested 107 pounds of kohlrabi, cucumbers, zucchini, potatoes, swiss chard, eggplant, peas, beans, peppers, and beets.
The garden looks great this year, although weeds continue to rear their ugly heads.
We took the harvest to Community Action Program Region VII. They had us bring today’s load around back because it was a little bit larger, and it was easier to sort out all the veggies before bringing them to the front to sit on the bread shelf. Brian Jensen takes care of maintenance, unloading, sorting, lots of things at Community Action. We asked him if people tend to like certain vegetables more than others, and he said they’re so happy for everything they get. He said, “I know it all goes.”
Here’s to hoping our Basin Electric-grown produce brightens a few family’s weekends.
Our dedicated gardeners held a Basin’s Backyard Garden harvest July 26, and donated the produce to Ministry on the Margins. Lori Goetzfridt, Angela Magstadt, and Chris Gessele harvested 22.6 pounds of kohlrabi, swiss chard, zucchini, beans, eggplants, and cucumbers. Kelsey … Continue reading