Northarvest distributes elementary education kits
January 09, 2004
By Lynne Bigwood
Northarvest Home Economist
2003 was a busy year for promoting Northarvest dry beans at education events.
In July, the Northarvest Bean Growers Association exhibited at the National Society of Nutrition Education in Philadelphia, Penn.
On Oct 16, Growers Association exhibited at the Education Minnesota Professional Conference, held at the Touchstone Energy Place at RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minn. We distributed 395 elementary education kits at the conference.
On Oct. 22-23, the North Dakota Education Association held its 2003 Instructional Conference at the Grand Forks, N.D., Alerus Center. The Growers Association gave out 256 elementary education kits. Besides the two "van loads" of kits, I mailed 52 additional kits the following week.
Most of the kits went to college students who are currently student teaching or will be completing that assignment this year. They were delighted to receive the materials and intend to incorporate an agriculture message into their classrooms in the coming years.
Family and Consumer Science teachers also stopped by the two booths looking for help with teaching dry bean cookery and use. They were experienced teachers who were teaching in a different school or who had recently returned to teaching. I mailed nine Bean Cookery Teaching Units to them, as well.