Last Basin’s Backyard Garden donation of 2017 goes to Faith City Chapel

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.

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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.

Faith City Chapel

The servers dishing out their Wednesday night meal. Learn more about their service on their Facebook page.

Faith City Chapel

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.

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Late in the year, but Basin’s Backyard Garden still producing

Basin's Backyard Garden

The whole gang, together again.

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.

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Gorgeous red tomatoes.

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Cucumbers.

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Onions!

Basin's Backyard Garden

Swiss chard, eggplant, and peppers.

Ruth Meier Hospitality House gets garden goodness from Basin’s Backyard Garden

Basin's Backyard Garden

Beans!

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.

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Donation to Ruth Meiers Hospitality House.

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A hearty harvest. Lindsey DeKrey, Della Mastel, Lori Goetzfridt, and Lori Leier.

First harvest of 2017 goes to senior center

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.

Burleigh County Senior Center

Bonnie Lund (back), Burleigh County Senior Center volunteer coordinator, accepts vegetables from Tracie Bettenhausen and Anine Lambert.