The Bean Scene
January 15, 2008
Lynne Bigwood represented Northarvest Bean Growers Association at the 72nd annual conference of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in St. Paul, MN, September 19 and 20, 2007. Eight hundred plus extension educators attended the conference representing 50 states and American Samoa. That number of attendees put the attendance back up to pre-9/11 numbers. It was a great opportunity to distribute Northarvests materials including 120 packets of posters, 300 class, pinto and kidney posters, 150 cookbooks, 325 Bean Curriculum and 300 Beans: Agriculture to Health CDs. Many of the nutrition professionals found these materials for the first time and were very grateful to receive information, visual aids and handouts to provide background and enhance the bean education they provide to both children and adults. Both the Minnesota and North Dakota Education Conferences met on October 18, 2007. Holly Arnold used the new banner exhibit and represented Northarvest at the North Dakota conference in Minot, ND. This was the first time that Northarvest has had an opportunity to exhibit in Minot. Lynne Bigwood used the larger Magical Fruit booth to exhibit in St. Paul, MN. North Dakota teachers and education majors received 75 Elementary Education teaching kits. Minnesotas current and future teachers received 325 kits and additional poster sets. Bean Cookery Teaching units were mailed out after the conference.