This afternoon, several garden volunteers got busy harvesting the beans, beets, basil, kale, lettuce, zucchini, peppers, and onions from Basin’s Backyard Garden. Together the produce totaled 47 lbs.!
Bill Baer, Basin Electric network security analyst III and garden volunteer, and his daughter, McKenna, volunteered to take the produce to the Salvation Army. Here’s why:
McKenna Baer: “I help take care of our garden at home so I know how good fresh veggies taste. Sometimes I think a lot of us take that for granted though. We don’t always realize there are people in this community that don’t have access to this kind of food. It’s great to see firsthand how happy these people are to receive the produce. It just makes you feel good.”
Bill Baer: “I love to garden and it’s just neat that I can do what I love and give back to the community at the same time. It’s a win-win situation. Go ahead and sign me up for next year and the year after that to be a garden volunteer.”
They handed the produce over to LeeAnn Knoll from the Salvation Army. “This warms our hearts because fresh food like this is what our clients appreciate the most. It’ll all be gone by the end of the day,” Knoll says.
This marks the fourth donation from Basin’s Backyard Garden to one of the Hunger Free ND Garden Project drop-off sites.