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.
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.
With possible frost looming at the end of the week, Basin’s Backyard gardeners decided to bring in everything left in the garden. And a hefty harvest it was: 93.6 pounds of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, brussels sprouts, eggplant, sweet potatoes, corn, … Continue reading
Crystal Rafferty and Tracie Bettenhausen were dutifully digging up potatoes when a passerby walked up to the garden fence. “Do you guys need help? I was just out for a walk.” And that’s how Judy Hojian became the newest Basin’s … Continue reading
Volunteers harvested 164.6 pounds of veggies over noon in Basin’s Backyard Garden. The crops included beets, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, beans, peppers, corn, eggplant, brussels sprouts and celery. Gardeners dropped off the heavy haul at the Bismarck Emergency Food Pantry. We … Continue reading
We had our biggest harvest yet this year in Basin’s Backyard Garden – 173 pounds of beets, basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, swiss chard, eggplant, beans, celery, zucchini, onions, carrots and peppers. In exciting news, we harvested the first beans we’ve grown … Continue reading