Some Basin’s Backyard Gardeners took their afternoon break to do some weeding. Temperatures are in the mid-70s, and the soil is soft from last night’s 1-inch rainfall, so conditions couldn’t have been better for the back-breaking labor. Advertisements
Basin’s Backyard Gardeners planted crops May 24. The season is starting out hot and dry, and Basin Electric facilities staff set up the gardeners with a hose to do supplemental watering this year if need be. This year, gardeners planted: … Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
Today, 37 pounds of cucumbers, jalepenos, banana peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and onions were harvested in Basin’s Backyard Garden.
If we’re being truthful, we could’ve also harvested kale and lettuce as well.
The harvest went to Ruth Meiers Hospitality House.
Over the last week, the Basin’s Backyard Gardeners have done two harvests and two donations to Ruth Meiers Hospitality House.
On Aug. 23, gardeners harvested 41 pounds of cucumbers, green beans, jalapenos, kale, lettuce, and celery.
On Aug. 29, gardeners harvested 38 pounds of potatoes, cucumbers, green beans, kale, lettuce, swiss chard, and eggplant.
So far this year, that’s 124.5 pounds of produce harvested and donated to local food pantries.
Then, they shot a second video with coordinator Tracie Bettenhausen. Thanks to Marci Narum and Jody Kerzman for the attention!
Read the story about Basin’s Backyard Garden in Inspired Woman Magazine: Cooperation grows abundantly
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.
On May 24, Basin’s Backyard Garden volunteers picked up the shovels, seed packets, and plants, and put a summer’s worth of goodness into the soil for the garden’s fourth year.
The produce grown in the garden is donated to local food pantries. To date, about 2,000 pounds of fresh vegetables have been donated.