Basin’s Backyard Garden planting gets media attention

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.

Both KXMB CBS 12 and KFYR-TV visited the garden during planting, and ran stories on the nightly news. Click on the images below to watch.

Stick with us all summer to watch the garden grow!

Wrapping up Basin’s Backyard Garden 2016


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.

A handful of the helpers: Judy Hojian, Debra Honeyman, Tracie Bettenhausen, Erin Huntimer, Della Mastel, and Lindsey DeKrey.

Busy pantry accepts Basin’s Backyard Garden goodness

Ministry on the Margins volunteers

Sr. Kathleen Atkinson (far left), founder of Ministry on the Margins, and volunteers accept Basin’s Backyard Garden veggies.

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The crew stops for a photo with the 103-pound haul.

Today’s volunteers tried out a couple firsts this harvest – a morning break harvest, to save our hides from the summer heat, and a donation to a relatively new food pantry in town, Ministry on the Margins.

Sister Kathleen Atkinson founded Ministry on the Margins in 2013. If you ever get a chance to talk to her about why and how she started MOTM, don’t hesitate.

The volunteers collected 103 pounds of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, peas, celery, beets, swiss chard, basil, onions and eggplant.

A Facebook post from July (before our harvest and donation) by Ministry on the Margins shows just how needed food is in our community – and we can be so proud of providing fresh, local tasty and nourishing vegetable goodness.

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Andrea Diehl shows off our prettiest tomato to date.

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Lori Goetzfridt and Sheila Brunner working hard in the beans.

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Andrew Brown and Lori Geotzfridt, peas and beans patrol.

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Effie Carr in the beans, too.

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Lori Leier shows off the celery.

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Sr. Kathleen Atkinson accepts some swiss chard, and Erin Huntimer is overcome with joy.