Basin’s Backyard Garden donation to help feed 400 people

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(from left):  Della Mastel, accounting analyst II; Lori Leier, tax analyst I; Darlene Steffan, administrative assistant III; Amy Spilman, property and right of way specialist; Casey Jacobson, senior staff counsel; and Sheila Renner, administrative assistant II.

Garden volunteers gathered 37 lbs. of produce this Tuesday from Basin’s Backyard Garden to donate to Trinity Lutheran Church. The fresh veggies will be shared with approximately 400 guests tonight during their weekly banquet.

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Darlene Steffan, administrative assistant III, dropped the produce off with Karla Sadowsky, director at Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Garden volunteers begin filling a bucket with peppers and cucumbers to donate.

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Darlene Steffan, administrative assistant III, finds a zucchini.

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Della Mastel, accounting analyst II, hunts for some cucumbers.


Garden volunteers prune and donate 54 lbs. of produce

donation to Ronald McDonald House

(from left): Casey Jacobson, senior staff counsel and garden volunteer, hands off the garden donation to Celeste Espeseth of Ronald McDonald House.

The last few days have been busy for Basin’s Backyard Garden. Yesterday, garden volunteers harvested 54 lbs. of produce to donate to Ronald McDonald House. The donation included beets, beans, basil,  zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, onions and kale.

Celeste Espeseth of Ronald McDonald House says the fresh food will be appreciated by all of the families. “The families here are usually pretty busy and don’t always have time to make dinner, so we have volunteers that will cook for them too. We don’t usually get in fresh veggies like this – especially not this much and with this kind of variety,” she says.

Check out the photos below of garden volunteers harvesting the veggies to donate.

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(from left): Tammy Langerud, staff writer/editor, and Darlene Steffan, administrative assistant III, work together to bag veggies.

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Della Mastel, accounting analyst II, holds a handful of jalapeno peppers.

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Sheila Renner, administrative assistant II, finds a large cucumber.

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Darlene Steffan, administrative assistant III, harvests some kale.

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Tammy Langerud, staff writer/editor, bags some onions.

And on Monday, garden volunteers worked to prune the tomatoes and pumpkins so they don’t completely overrun the garden.

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Grace Baker, media distribution coordinator, stands in the jungle of pumpkin leaves.

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Tracie Bettenhausen, staff writer/editor.

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(from left): Grace Baker, media distribution coordinator; Chris Gessele, staff writer; and Tracie Bettenhausen, staff writer/editor.

See local Montessori’s visit to Basin’s Backyard Garden

Preschoolers from New Discovery Montessori Center visited Basin’s Backyard Garden last week to learn about how vegetables grow. It was a lot of fun! See for yourself.

Watch the video.


And check out the photos we posted to Instagram.

Checking out the #basingarden

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Looking for veggies. #basingarden

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Advice for pruning tomatoes

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The garden on August 18, 2014.

The tomatoes in Basin’s Backyard Garden went from tiny little cuties to massive crazy monsters in seemingly no time at all. (See them at Sheila’s feet in this post: Basin’s Backyard Garden on KFYR-TV tonight)

Several volunteers have suggested we prune the tomatoes so that the garden isn’t completely overrun with tomatoes.

After web searches, this seems to be the simplest advice found – remove all branches below the lowest branch bearing fruit.

If you want a little more detail, check out these articles:
How to prune a tomato

Care of your tomato plants

Welcome to the jungle: Basin’s Backyard Garden edition

Volunteers will be getting out into the garden again this week. Everything is flourishing… so much so that the back half of the garden feels quite jungly. We went out and snapped some photos.

Montessori students to learn about cooperative garden

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Students from New Discovery Montessori Center will visit Basin’s Backyard Garden to learn about the cooperative garden and the vegetables that grow in it.

Thursday, Aug. 14
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Basin Electric Headquarters
1717 E Interstate Ave
Bismarck, ND

New Discovery Montessori Center
Students ages 3-5


  • Students will participate in activities including planting their own seed to take home and painting with vegetables from the garden.
  • Students will receive a fresh garden snack.
  • Lacie Reisenauer, teacher from New Discovery Montessori Center, will be available to discuss how visiting Basin’s Backyard Garden is coinciding with their curriculum.

About Basin’s Backyard Garden
Basin’s Backyard Garden is building community among employees, providing a source for charitable giving to local food pantries through the ND Hunger Free Garden Project, and teaching employees about cooperatives. Employees are benefiting from employee engagement, community support and the principle of commitment to community shown through cooperative engagement.

Co-op coffee at the garden a success

Co-op coffee at the garden

Tucker Smith, Basin Electric commodity
quantitative analyst, shares why he’s a
member of Bisman Community Food Co-op.

Basin Electric employees stopped by Basin’s Backyard Garden Aug. 7 to learn about local start-up fresh food cooperative Bisman Community Food Co-op, all while sipping coffee from local Mighty Missouri Coffee Company and enjoying muffins from local Humble Cottage Farm.

Five employees even signed up to be members! Watch for an upcoming video on the garden blog to find out why.