Northarvest Educates North Valley Kids
January 24, 2007
Northarvest participated, for the first time, in the Grand Forks Water Festival last fall, a science-based event sponsored by the Dakota Science Center in Grand Forks, N.D. The event coordinator had received Northarvests Agriculture in the Classroom kit at the 2005 NDEA conference, and invited Northarvest to attend. The Science Center used the suggestions in the kit as a basis for sending potting trays and information with the instructors to use as follow-up activities.
Six hundred fourth graders from North Dakota and Minnesota participated in many hands-on activities. Northarvest Bean Growers Association home economist Lynne Bigwood and Linda Kuster, Reynolds, N.D., led the Northarvest sessions and played an educational game, Super Bean Crazy, with the students. Students learned about various facets of dry bean production, from planting, growth, harvest, and marketing. Northarvest furnished educational kits for teachers, and bean class and usage sheets for students featuring a new resource side explaining that Farmers in North Dakota are the number one producers of dry beans in the USA.
In a separate event last fall, Bigwood with Northarvest set up a display of educational materials for the NDSU Extension Family Nutrition Program conference. NDSU Nutrition, Food Safety, and Health on the web: www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/food.htm.