NRECA features Basin’s Backyard Garden

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.

Lindsey Chumley, Bill Baer, Chris Gessele, Tammy Langerud, Lori Goetzfridt and Tracey Krusi are among the volunteers who worked on Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s community garden program in 2018.

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…

Heaviest harvest yet in 2018 in Basin’s Backyard Garden

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.

So much happiness and goodness!

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.

Tracie Bettenhausen dropped off our harvest with Brian Jensen at Community Action Program Region VII.