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.
Our final harvest of 2017.
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.
The servers dishing out their Wednesday night meal. Learn more about their service on their Facebook page.
Faith City Chapel, facing Memorial Highway.
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.
Basin’s Backyard Garden volunteers had a beautiful helper today. Thank to gardener Lori Goetzfridt for capturing this butterfly before it flitted off. The gardeners picked cucumbers, beans, lettuce, kale, peas, eggplant, and banana peppers today. Along with one gardener’s donation … Continue reading →
Basin’s Backyard Gardeners are putting their backs into it.
Despite heroic efforts, the garden hadn’t been fully weeded in weeks. So volunteers dug in and got about half of the weeds destroyed at the same time they did the first garden harvest.
The lettuce has really come back from the brink, so gardeners harvested that, plus kale, banana peppers, beans, and an accidental red onion.
Five-and-a-half pounds of produce went to the Burleigh County Senior Center. They usually get our first harvest of radishes each year. This year’s radishes aren’t doing so hot, but they were still thankful for all the goodness we delivered.
Bonnie Lund (back), Burleigh County Senior Center volunteer coordinator, accepts vegetables from Tracie Bettenhausen and Anine Lambert.
Today Basin’s Backyard Garden volunteers cleaned up the display they placed at the front of Headquarters almost exactly a month ago.
The crew used corn stalks, one sunflower, and all the pumpkins from the garden. They got the fun gourds from BisMan Community Food Co-op.
The total pounds of food donated in 2016: 964.7 pounds
Total pounds over three years: 2004 pounds
Value overall: priceless
Because of the work done in Basin’s Backyard Garden, people who may not have a garden for any number of reasons got to have the taste of fresh, sweet garden lettuce or a homegrown tomato or a first-ever kohlrabi, and you really can’t put a number on that.
A handful of the helpers: Judy Hojian, Debra Honeyman, Tracie Bettenhausen, Erin Huntimer, Della Mastel, and Lindsey DeKrey.
With possible frost looming at the end of the week, Basin’s Backyard gardeners decided to bring in everything left in the garden. And a hefty harvest it was: 93.6 pounds of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, brussels sprouts, eggplant, sweet potatoes, corn, … Continue reading →