Busy pantry accepts Basin’s Backyard Garden goodness

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Sr. Kathleen Atkinson (far left), founder of Ministry on the Margins, and volunteers accept Basin’s Backyard Garden veggies.

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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.

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Andrea Diehl shows off our prettiest tomato to date.

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Lori Goetzfridt and Sheila Brunner working hard in the beans.

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Andrew Brown and Lori Geotzfridt, peas and beans patrol.

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Effie Carr in the beans, too.

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Lori Leier shows off the celery.

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

Greenery galore in Basin’s Backyard Garden

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Tracie Bettenhausen and Chris Gessele going after the beans.

Today a crew went out into the garden to focus on damage control.

The cucumbers, beans and peas are in prime “ignore-us-and-you’ll-regret-it” growing season. So gardeners searched out and plucked those three crops, plus some eggplant and one purple kohlrabi. In total, 39 pounds were harvested and delivered to the Abused Adult Resource Center. Jess May at the front desk says the women love getting fresh veggies and can always find new ways to cook them or nosh on them raw.

Abused Adult Resource Center

Jess May of Abused Adult Resource Center holds the gorgeous eggplant.


The eggplant, had we had a county fair to enter, we believe could be award-winning.

Catching up in Basin’s Backyard Garden

When Deb Levchack, Basin Electric retiree, showed up a little early to help out with today’s Basin’s Backyard Garden donation, she didn’t realize the Basin Electric board of directors was in session.

When she stopped in the cafeteria to look for the day’s harvesters, she got to say hi to a bunch of old friends, who were happy to see her smiling face and hear her boisterous laugh.

Today’s harvesters pulled together 19 pounds of radishes, swiss chard, beets, lettuce, cilantro, basil and kohlrabi. Levchak and Andrew Brown took the donation to the Salvation Army.

Harvest July 13 2016

Andrew Brown, Della Mastel, Deb Levchak and Lori Goetzfridt show off today’s harvest.

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Andrew Brown (right) drops off the garden produce at Salvation Army.