Be a gardener in Basin’s Backyard Garden

Gardening season is mere weeks away! It feels too good to be true.

We’re starting to think about what we will grow in this year’s garden. We need volunteers to make it work! You need not have prior gardening experience. In fact, that’s part of what makes Basin’s Backyard Garden so neat – you’ll learn from master gardeners and last year’s volunteers. Also, it doesn’t have to be a major time commitment. Once crops are growing, we send out a call for harvesters about once every week or two.

If you’d like to volunteer in the garden this year, employees will meet in 5th South on April 7 at 2:30 p.m. We’re getting together to see how many volunteers we can expect this year, and to talk about what we’d like to do this year.


Tomatoes help fill produce table at Bismarck Senior Center

Colette Barth, Bismarck Senior Center site manager, shows off Basin's Backyard Garden tomatoes.

Colette Barth, Bismarck Senior Center site manager, shows off Basin’s Backyard Garden tomatoes.

Gardeners can drop off fresh produce at the Bismarck Senior Center, and it’s placed on a table for the taking. By noon today, everything was spoken for except some apples.

Basin’s Backyard Garden added to the variety with tomatoes. Volunteer Tracie Bettenhausen dropped six pounds of tomatoes off, some that Bill Baer had picked yesterday, and some from her home garden.

Colette Barth, Bismarck Senior Center site manager, says the ripe fruits and veggies are “very much appreciated.”

Basin’s Backyard Garden on KFYR-TV tonight

The word is out about Basin’s Backyard Garden. This afternoon, KFYR-TV stopped by to learn about it. Watch for a sound bite this evening at 5 or 6 p.m. and for the full story at 10 p.m.

Check out the photos below for a behind-the-scenes look at the interview!

Kfyr interview

Sheila Renner (right), administrative assistant II and garden volunteer.

KFYR interview

Tracie Bettenhausen (right), staff writer/editor and garden coordinator.

Kfyr interview

Chris Gessele (left), staff writer and garden volunteer.

A garden. On Basin Electric’s front lawn.

Garden PosterDid you ever look at Basin Electric’s front lawn and think, that land could grow more than grass? And it could feed more than the rabbits?

Do you want to do something about that?

A group of employees got the go-ahead from facilities. We can plant a garden on Basin Electric’s front lawn!

Do you want to help out?

As a volunteer, you would help plant the garden. Then, once a week or so, check on the garden to see if there are any weeds or anything gone awry. Then, when things are ready to be harvested, you’d help harvest!

We have thoughts on how the produce could be used… and we’d like to get your input as well!

Join us! Contact Tracie Bettenhausen at