Northarvest Exhibits at National Extension Meeting
January 04, 2002
By Lynne Bigwood, Northarvest Home Economist
The Northarvest Bean Growers Association exhibited at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) conference in Portland, Oregon, Oct. 2, 2001.
Attendance was down. Approximately 150 people cancelled their registrations and several companies, which had cancelled all travel after the September terrorist attacks, didnt exhibit.
Margie Janke and I again received many testimonials about how valuable our teaching materials are for their programs. Extension nutrition educators conduct adult education for people who are eligible for low-income programs. They emphasize the use of cooked dry beans as an inexpensive vegetable protein and teach people how to use them.
Extension FCAS staff from Oregon and Alaska ordered the Bean Cookery teaching unit. We also received orders from across the United States; Massachusetts, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Indiana, Kentucky, Utah, Idaho, Wisconsin and Minnesota. We handed out Northarvest website mouse pads, Bean Appetit posters, Black Bean Fiesta brochures and literature order cards to everyone who stopped by. Two boxes of cookbooks were quickly given away to the first 264 people who visited the booth.
Minnesotas FACS staff won many awards at the conference banquet. They are active in the national group and were recognized by their peers for high quality programs and communication skills.