The Bean Scene
March 30, 2009
The Bismarck Living Ag Classroom was held February 17 and 18 during the KFYR Radio Agri-International at the Civic Center Exhibition Hall. Lynne Bigwood and her assistant, Marjo Hewitson, played Northarvests Bean Crazy game with 920 area 4th grade students. The event, From Farm to Fork, is a learning experience about where food and other products the students, instructors and chaperones use in daily living come from. Jackie Buckley, NDSU Extension Service, along with her Morton County office staff coordinated the event. The other groups who presented lessons were: Mandan FFA - 2 livestock displays; ND Oilseed Council, ND Wheat Commission, and NDSU Extension Service staff from 10 counties presented When I Grow Up...Careers in Agriculture and Science in AgriculturePolymers; substances that help soil retain moisture; Midwest Dairy Assn of ND, ND Soybean Council, ND Farmers Union Farming Practices and Food Production; ND Honey Promotion, ND Beef Commission and Farm Bureau Slice of Soil.
The Minot Living Ag Classroom was held at the KMOT-TV Ag Expo in Minot, ND, January 28 and 29, 2009. Eight hundred thirty seven area kids, mostly fourth grade students from 43 classrooms and home schools participated. They spent six minutes at 11 booths learning about North Dakota agriculture. The teachers also took supplemental materials back to their classrooms including Northarvests new BeanBop CD, Beans from the Heart of Northarvest DVD, Whos Laughing Now folate poster, plus student activity books and North Dakota 1 bean producer sheets for each student. These students are trying to identify the nine classes of beans on the Bean Class poster.
The Society for Nutrition Educators Conference was held in Atlanta, GA July 19 23. Lynne Bigwood exhibited for Northarvest and attended the conference sessions as well. Northarvest introduced the new poster Whos Laughing Now? with a folate and fiber message: Beans, such as pinto, black and navy, are excellent sources of both folate and fiber. Women of child-bearing age need 400 mcg of folate daily. The soluble and insoluble fiber in beans helps everyone with digestion and heart health. (½ cup of pinto beans contains 146 mcg folate and 6 grams fiber.) The Dry Bean Class poster continues to be very popular. Paul Beanyans updated message on the Nutritious, Delicious Beans poster is a great nutrition education message. Northarvests new Spilling the Beans brochure, Black Bean Fiesta brochure, The Bean Cookbook with a full nutrition profile and a literature order sheet fit right into The Power Bean plastic bags.