Basin's Backyard Garden blog

Basin's Backyard Garden project started off as a garden at Basin Electric's Headquarters. It was tended by a group of employee volunteers who worked on their breaks, lunch hours, and after work. The project has evolved and today Basin's Backyard Garden is "homegrown," meaning employees now bring produce from their own gardens at home to be donated to those in need.

This blog was started in 2014 on the Wordpress platform, and moved here in 2022. Please find our archives at You can email editor Tracie Bettenhausen with story ideas.


Recent Posts

Final Basin's Backyard Garden #Homegrown donation a baker's delight

Angela Magstadt hauled 28.7 pounds of zucchini, apples, an onion, tomatoes, butternut squash, and buttercup squash.

Basin's Backyard Garden gains a new grower late in the season

We had one employee make his first donation to Basin’s Backyard Garden this week: banana and chili peppers.

Veggie taxi driver's children join Basin's Backyard Garden delivery

Amanda Dvorak says Heaven's Helpers was making chili when she dropped off the Basin's Backyard Garden donation of fresh, local food.

New employee helps out with Basin's Backyard Garden veggie taxi duties

Today's veggie taxi driver had a couple helpers, including a new team member at Basin Electric. 

Basin's Backyard Gardeners spread the love with more than 115 pounds of fresh food

The donation was split between two organizations: Salvation Army and Welcome House.

The fruits of Basin's Backyard Gardeners continue to come in

Basin's Backyard Garden volunteers brought in 49 pounds of fruits and vegetables this week.

Basin's Backyard Garden donations come in over holiday weekend

Labor Day didn't stop employees from harvesting vegetables to donate to local food pantries.

Basin's Backyard Garden donation fills need at Heaven's Helpers Soup Cafe

Basin Electric employees donated their homegrown vegetables twice over the past week.

Talented Basin Electric gardeners produce a colorful bounty

Dvorak says the Salvation Army was very thankful for the donation and was told people love all of the fresh produce and nothing goes to waste.

Basin Electric employee says family contributes to garden's success

Stan Misek took a special trip to Heaven's Helpers Soup Cafe.

Bountiful #homegrown harvest for Basin's Backyard Garden

This week's harvest doubles homegrown donations received so far in 2022.

Basin Electric retiree returns for a veggie taxi run

Della Mastel, who recently retired as a senior accounting analyst, stepped up and said she would like to keep helping out.

Totally homegrown Basin's Backyard Garden donation

Aug. 2 marked the first day in 2022 that the Basin's Backyard Garden donation was totally homegrown.

Rhubarb a treat from Basin's Backyard Garden donation

Gardeners donated 7.4 pounds  of rhubarb, cucumbers, and peas.

Basin's Backyard Garden veggies welcomed at Welcome House

This week, a bag of garden lettuce was donated by an employee, and the rest of the local veggie haul was purchased from local farmers.

First Basin's Backyard Garden donation of 2022 comes from grocery store

Basin's Backyard Garden is going #HomeGrown again in 2022.