• Stanford R&DE
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Stanford Medicine/SPRC

Northarvest Bean Growers Association

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is the marketing organization that represents approximately 2,000 dry-edible bean farmers from North Dakota and Minnesota. Northarvest beans include black, pinto, kidney (dark red, light red, and white), navy, cranberry, red, pink, and great northern, and between the two states, and are the largest producers of high-quality, dry-edible beans in the country. Northarvest works to increase awareness, use, and consumption of the simply delicious, naturally nutritious beans.

Like other legumes, beans’ natural characteristics align well with the Menus of Change principles. Beans are a whole, minimally-processed food that is a good source of plant protein and an excellent source of fiber. Regular consumption of beans is associated with many health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. In addition to human health benefits, beans also support a healthy planet. While bean plants are growing, they fix nitrogen, meaning they put atmospheric nitrogen back into the soil, thereby replenishing the soil’s nutrients to support future plant growth. Beans also have a relatively low water requirement and low carbon footprint compared to other protein sources.

As the MCURC works to leverage globally-inspired, plant-forward strategies to support healthier, more sustainable menus, beans are an essential food for consideration. Beans are a staple food in many traditional dietary patterns across the world, and for over 10 years, Northarvest has worked with The Culinary Institute of America to elevate these traditional diets. Most notably, partnering together to develop The World Bean Kitchen, a collection of globally-inspired dishes to showcase how beans, in combination with global flavors, create healthy, craveable, and sustainable dishes. Visit www.ciaprochef.com/northarvest/ to learn more. 

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