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.

Basin's Backyard Garden

Donation to Ruth Meiers Hospitality House.

Basin's Backyard Garden

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

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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.

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.

Basin's Backyard Garden

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.

Basin's Backyard Garden

Andrea Diehl shows off our prettiest tomato to date.

Basin's Backyard Garden

Lori Goetzfridt and Sheila Brunner working hard in the beans.

Basin's Backyard Garden

Andrew Brown and Lori Geotzfridt, peas and beans patrol.

Basin's Backyard Garden

Effie Carr in the beans, too.

Basin's Backyard Garden

Lori Leier shows off the celery.

Basin's Backyard Garden

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