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The Bean Scene
June 18, 2008

Living Ag Classroom

Fargo Living Ag Classroom met at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds on April 15  18, 2008.  The event was attended by 2,100 students, 39 schools, 130 adult teachers and chaperones with a total of 123 groups in 11 sessions.  Gail Benson, coordinator, provided excellent organizational and educational skills for the second year.  Cass Co. NDSU Extension donated Patty Flaagan and Heather Miseks time as administrative assistant and intern to help keep all the details before and during the event covered and the class groups small.  All in all, the event went very smoothly.

Northarvest received many compliments from the instructors on Bean Crazy -- great game for the classroom, visual and hands-on; loved the bean game and bees; kids love ability to touch; great displays; kids love take-home things.  Other comments were:  great supplement to our ND studies; vast importance ND has in national ag; jobs created by ag production; included more info about MN this year, that was nice for our students; new ideas - every year I am motivated to add activities in science, health, social studies and about our state.

Patty Hanson assisted Lynne Bigwood at the 2008 Living Ag Classroom, an interactive learning experience sponsored by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.  Students played "Bean Crazy" a game where they pretend to be  dry bean farmers.  They learned to make decisions regarding bean production, encountered random weather and market conditions and saw actual dry bean samples and foods made from dry beans that they could find in a grocery store.

Northarvest contributes financially to the event along with having Lynne Bigwood and an assistant bring new educational materials for instructors, set-up, staff and break-down the booth.  No food is available on the fairgrounds at that time, so Lynne coordinates the food for the week.  She picks up a morning snack and, since the lunch break is about 20 minutes long, she orders lunch to be delivered to the building each day.  Midwest Dairy Association donates white and chocolate milk boxes.  ND Honey Promotion stocks the fridge with other beverages.  Building rent, coordinator fee, food and beverages, divider curtains, livestock, delivery of materials and miscellaneous expenses are paid with donations from all fourteen groups.

Below are several thank you notes Lynne received from her Living Ag Classroom activities in Bismarck and Fargo.

Dear Northarvest Bean Growers,

Thank you so much for teaching us about how plants and beans grow.  We really appreciated how you told us about beans.  We really didnt know about it that much at first.  We also didnt know that much about plants either.  We liked the part when we got to learn about beans and how they grow.  We really loved the show too!

We also want to tell you that we loved to learn about beans, plants and animals.  We enjoyed it so much we would love to come back sometime and learn a lot more.  If we can again!


Jordan & James, Washington Elementary

Dear Northarvest Bean Growers,

Thank you for volunteering your time.  We had a lot of fun with the game.  Our class also thanks you for teaching us fourth graders about agriculture at the fairgrounds.

From the Fourth Grade Students at Washington

Dear Northarvest Bean Growers,

Thank you for donating your time to teach us about different kinds of beans.  Thank you for teaching us how to play the game with the beans.  Me and Jacob G. had lots of spectacular fun!


Jacob G. & Bryce H., Washington Elementary

Dear Northarvest Bean Growers,

Thank you for the awesome bean game.  It was relly, cool, neat and fun.  I also learned more about beans.  Thanks for the information.


Madison, New Elementary, Hendrum, MN

Dear Northarvest Bean Growers,

The students in my class really enjoyed - again- the Agri-International field trip.  My class and I have sent comments to the various organizations presented at the Agri-International.  I thought Id share a comment with you from one of my students in regards to your presentation. I liked the bean booth!  I thought the beans were cool!  Also I learned what kinds there are. (By Cullen)

Thanks for everything you do!

Clarissa L. Sailer Wals, Grade 4, Rita Murphy Elementary, Bismarck

The fourth graders from Oriska and
Buffalo thank you for educating them about agriculture.  You make learning fun!


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