Lindsey Chumley, Bill Baer, Chris Gessele, Tammy Langerud, Lori Goetzfridt and Tracey Krusi are among the volunteers who worked on Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s community garden program in 2018.
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…
So, we’ve been doing a lot of weeding and preventing of future weeds in Basin’s Backyard Garden this year. The last couple of years, weeds have done a real number on us, so we’re getting out ahead of the pests. … Continue reading →
Some Basin’s Backyard Gardeners took their afternoon break to do some weeding. Temperatures are in the mid-70s, and the soil is soft from last night’s 1-inch rainfall, so conditions couldn’t have been better for the back-breaking labor.
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.
A handful of the helpers: Judy Hojian, Debra Honeyman, Tracie Bettenhausen, Erin Huntimer, Della Mastel, and Lindsey DeKrey.
August 17 was such a busy harvest, we didn’t get a chance to take any photos. We brought in 87.2 pounds of cucumbers, beans, eggplant, celery, beets, zucchini, banana peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, and onions, and donated them to Salvation Army. … Continue reading →
There were a lot of weeds to attack in Basin’s Backyard Garden. Over the weekend, Sheila Renner put a nice dent in the weedy population, but she raised the alarm: “… get the rest of the weeds under control.” So … Continue reading →
Erin Huntimer and Anine Lambert took on the important job of completing the Three Sisters Formation in Basin’s Backyard Garden June 16.
Last year was the first year we tried out that formation. Basically, once the corn is four inches tall, you plant the beans around the corn, and the squash between the corn stalks. Then, as they grow, the beans crawl up the corn and the squash keeps down the weeds. Learn more: Sowing Three Sisters formation in Basin’s Backyard Garden
Erin Huntimer and Anine Lambert finished sowing the Three Sisters Formation.
Since the sprinklers at Basin Electric Headquarters won’t be in working order for another week or so, our facilities staff came to the rescue.
Darrell Schulz, Basin Electric lead environment services/maintenance coordinator, brought out a tank full of water to set beside the garden. Now, we can fill up our jugs right there by the garden.
Filling up the jugs with our temporary water tank. Thanks Darrell!
Tracey Krusi and Andrea Blowers take care of the eggplant and celery.
Fill ‘er up!
Some garden volunteers proudly smiled for the Casual for a Cause group photo taken at the garden. Employees can wear jeans all summer by paying $125. The money goes to the Great Plains Food Bank, and the Backpacks for Kids programs through United Way and Community Action. More than 150 employees raised more than $19,500! Click the photo for the full story.