Chili, brownies warm up legislators
June 21, 2005
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture organized an Ag Day celebration on Thursday, March 24 in the Great Hall at the State Capitol.
Northarvest participated by helping sponsor a legislative lunch and setting up a booth. The Ag Department planned a wonderful menu with sliced beef au jus, shredded barbecued pork, four salads, assorted breads and Dakota sundaes, vanilla ice cream with honey and sunflower seeds on top.
When I received a copy of the menu and realized that there were no dry edible beans on it, I arranged for the caterer to add Black Bean Brownies.
Mike Beltz arrived early to lobby legislators. Don Streifel and Alan Juliuson also came and helped hand out samples of Rough Rider Chili, brochures and cookbooks at the booth and Black Bean Brownies and other food in the lunch line. The chili and brownies were very popular!
Al Gustin, KFYR Radio, interviewed us concerning the Magical Fruit promotion.
New nutrition resource debuts
Northarvest Bean Growers Association has a new resource for nutrition educators. Jane Edwards, NDSU Extension nutrition and health specialist and a licensed registered dietitian, wrote Beans: Agriculture to Health, a power point presentation for county extension staff to use this last year.
Northarvest contributed resources, pictures and a peer review for the project.
NDSU has allowed Northarvest to duplicate that lesson on a CD to distribute. Lynne Bigwood, Northarvest's Home Economist, shared it with other educators at the North Dakota Nutrition Council and North Dakota Dietetic Association meetings this spring.
Lynne Bigwood (right, behind the table) introduces her helpers (L-R) North Dakota Dry Bean Council Chairman Mike Beltz, Hillsboro, N.D.: and Northarvest Bean Growers Association board members Don Streifel, Washburn, N.D. and Alan Juliuson, Hope, N.D.