We cleaned out Basin’s Backyard Garden for the 2018 season. What a year we had. We donated to seven different food pantries. We gave to Heaven’s Helper’s Soup Cafe and Community Action Program Region VII each three separate times. We … Continue reading
National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association featured Basin’s Backyard Garden in their weekly newsletter. Here is a short excerpt with a link to the full article, Co-op Volunteers Are Making Friends and Easing Hunger With Community Garden.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative employees are tapping into North Dakota’s rich agricultural heritage as part of their commitment to help fight hunger in communities around Bismarck.
A community garden on the generation and transmission cooperative’s headquarters campus is managed entirely by co-op volunteers and produces hundreds of pounds of fresh produce for area food pantries each year.
“We plant the garden right around Memorial Day. I start working with our facilities staff to determine needs for the year in April,” said Tracie Bettenhausen, a senior staff writer/editor in Basin Electric’s communications department.
Bettenhausen holds an organizational meeting in the spring as soil temperatures edge toward planting range. Keep reading…
One of the most frustrating – yet rewarding – parts of gardening is pulling weeds. This year in Basin’s Backyard Garden, we’ve tried to reduce weeds through spreading grass clippings around the plants. While this did hold down weeds, there … Continue reading
On July 13, we harvested 38 pounds of swiss chard, kohlrabi, and zucchini. We donated the luscious produce to Heaven’s Helpers Soup Cafe. Mark Meier was excited to use the veggies. Garden volunteer Angela Magstadt was excited Mark knew what … Continue reading
Then, they shot a second video with coordinator Tracie Bettenhausen. Thanks to Marci Narum and Jody Kerzman for the attention!
Read the story about Basin’s Backyard Garden in Inspired Woman Magazine: Cooperation grows abundantly
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.
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.
When Della Mastel, Andrea Diehl, Mary Miller and Grace Baker saw they had extra cups, soil and seeds after helping the Highland Acres first and second graders plant seeds in cups, Della and Andrea took a green thumb gamble.
They each planted a few seeds of their own and set them on their office windowsills. Andrea remembered to water her corn before the long Memorial Day weekend; Della did not.
When they came back in on Tuesday, Della’s corn was beating Andrea’s corn by a long pale neck of green.
A week later, Della reports back that her corn is nine inches tall. She’s had some office mates tell her they don’t think that looks like corn.
Today, Basin’s Backyard Garden volunteers harvested 51 pounds of good food: eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and peppers. The donation went to the Community Action Program Region VII. Do you notice something special in this photo? It was a gleeful donation. … Continue reading