Good Day Dakota visited!

A news crew visited Basin’s Backyard Garden this week, and the interviews were shown this morning.

See the story on Basin Electric: Live Wire: Good Day Dakota visits Basin’s Backyard Garden


Basin’s Backyard Garden hosts food co-op announcement

BisMan Community Food Co-op

Pre-presentation banter: Randy Joersz, BisMan Community Food Co-op general manager; Jared Barnhart, BisMan Community Food Co-op board member and former Basin Electric employee; Heidi DeMars, BisMan Community Food Co-op employee; Mike Eggl, Basin Electric senior vice president of Communications and Administration.

Monday morning’s check presentation to the BisMan Community Food Co-op was a chance for employees to get a look at Basin’s Backyard Garden.

Local news captured the presentation right between the cabbage and the beans.

KXMB CBS 12: Food co-op gets big check
KFYR TV: Basin Electric donates $50,000 to food cooperative

Learn more about the food co-op’s capital campaign at

Check for BisMan Community Food Co-op

Mike Eggl, Basin Electric senior vice president of Communications and Administration with Randy Joersz, BisMan Community Food Co-op general manager.

Garden volunteers

Some garden volunteers take the opportunity to pose for a photo: Effie Carr, Lacy Brousseau, Della Mastel, Jill Steinwand, Casey Jacobson, and Tracie Bettenhausen.


Cucumbers ready for harvest.


Pretty sunflower.


Tomatoes on the vine.

Water on leaves

Droplets on cabbage leaves. Or are those broccoli or cauliflower leaves? We may never know.

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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Snack time at #basingarden

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Montessori students to learn about cooperative garden

Basin's Backyard Garden

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.


Co-op Coffee at the Garden

Imagine a store-front food cooperative in our community that provided local and organic food… How great would that be? Well, the Bisman Community Food Co-op is making this a reality!

It’s a start-up fresh food cooperative being created by the community for the community and they recently reached their first major milestone of securing 600 invested member owners. Now, they’re actively looking for a location to open a retail store.

Want to learn more about this new cooperative in our community? Interested in getting involved? Employees are invited to stop by Basin’s Backyard Garden Aug. 7 between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. to visit with Heidi Demars, Bisman Community Food Co-op outreach coordinator. She’ll be available to answer questions about the cooperative and also help any interested members get signed up.  Basin Electric will pay $50 of any employee’s $200 dollar membership investment fee.  Demars will also have t-shirts available for sale. If the weather is bad, Demars will be in the boardroom.

When you stop by the garden, enjoy a cup of joe from local coffee company, Mighty Missouri Coffee. The first 50 visitors will also get a muffin from Humble Cottage Farm, a business owned by former Basin Electric employee and BisMan Community Food Co-op board member, Jared Barnhart.