Join discussion on getting dry beans to market April 15


Beans are full of protein and other nutrients, easy to grow and process, and have a local market that’s ready for them. The UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Local Food Program is continuing its work to help farmers and buyers explore the potential for this Vermont-produced crop at a free evening event.

Joe Bossen of Vermont Beancrafters and Lynda Prim of NOFA-VT will offer a presentation from 6 until 8 pm on April 15 at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library’s East Montpelier Room. They will speak about selecting varieties, sourcing seeds, growing trials, and processing for different markets. The event is free and open to the public; professional growers and potential bean purchasers are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

Bean-growing isn’t new to the Green Mountain state. “Late longtime UVM Extension Agronomist Winston Way had been extolling the crop’s virtues for 40 years, and we’re delighted to build on his work with the introduction of new varieties, techniques, and market potential,” says Suzy Hodgson, Local Food Organizer with the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture. 

This lecture is presented by UVM’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Established in 1994, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture provides timely information to Vermont communities and the UVM campus. The Center cultivates understanding, innovative practices, and policies to advance sustainable food and farming in Vermont and beyond.   

For more information contact Suzy Hodgson at the Center by phone at (802) 656-5459 or email  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Cheryl Herrick by April 8.

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