Bean Collaborations

My life revolves around beans and other pulses (like chickpeas and lentils), and I’d have it no other way. Hence, bean collaborations bring me endless joy. I work with several groups, organizations, and companies to promote beans through presentations, sharing nutrition and other evidence-based information about beans, food photography, videos, and more. Send me a message if you are interested in a collaboration. Here are some of the incredible organizations I help support.

US Dry Bean Council

I am the Global Nutritional Specialist for the US Dry Bean Council (USDBC). It has been an absolute pleasure to work with USDBC to share about the amazing benefits of beans with an ever-expanding group of folks! Some of my previous work with USDBC has included presentations in several countries around the globe and speaking at and participating in BeanCon. I worked with the Todo con Frijol team to create a video series called Data Frijol, to share some of the science and nutrition about what makes beans so wonderful. I have also partnered with Alianza Leguminosas for presentations in Mexico, represented USDBC at IFT FIRST and Natural Products Expo West, and much more.

BeanCon stage - 1

Northarvest Bean Growers Association

Northarvest Bean Growers Association represents the largest group of bean farmers in the United States. When you combine North Dakota and Minnesota, it accounts for about 60% of the entire bean production in the US. I help Northarvest write their monthly e-newsletters, and I truly have a blast doing it – because there is so much fun bean news! You can subscribe to their newsletters on their website. In 2023, I had the honor of speaking at their Bean Day, where they even surprised me with the Friend of the Bean Award. Bean Day is a fantastic event they hold on the third Friday every January. In fact, it is the largest US gathering of dry edible bean growers there is, and 2025 will be their 50th Bean Day!

Northarvest Bean Growers Association logo

Nebraska Dry Bean Commission

I partner with the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission to share about the incredible story of beans in the form of photos and videos posted on their Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube channels. I took this photo in a lovely bean field in the Nebraska Panhandle, where most of their bean production occurs. You can see some of the bluff formations in the background. Fun fact: Did you know that Nebraska is the number one producer of great northern beans in the US?

Nebraska bean field with the bluffs in the background

Colorado Dry Bean Committee

I help the Colorado Dry Bean Committee with outreach efforts and have the honor of working with growers, processors, and others around the state to support local, delicious, sustainable, and nutritious bean production. This includes running in-person events and sharing information via their website and social media platforms. Wondering what beans are grown in Colorado? Pinto is the main bean, but two others that Colorado also grows a fair amount of are Mayocoba beans and light red kidney beans.

Pinto bean field in Colorado
This photo is from a research field in Eastern Colorado.

Beans Is How

Beans Is How has an ambitious and critically important mission, as stated on their website: “A campaign to double global bean consumption by 2028. We can help fix the future with beans.” A fantastic group of folks from around the world is championing the ability of beans to help solve many of the global challenges we face. I had the honor of helping them with their Theory of Change, as well as their Proof Points document (which demonstrates the evidence we have about the many wonderful benefits of beans), Mythbusting file, and other work. Plus, we were at AIM4C in D.C. in 2023 as a team to talk beans! Here is an article we wrote together on Nutrition Connect, linked to on this post about World Pulses Day.

Beans Is How campaign

Colorado State University Extension – Nutrition, Food Safety, and Health Team

Some of my projects with Colorado State University (CSU) Extension during my PhD work included:

Interested in hearing more or in offering or joining a bean class? Send me a message!

Food Photography Samples

You can see examples of food photography in my recipe posts. And here is a photo from a tempeh photoshoot, just for fun.

Project Umami Tempeh - Black bean and sunflower seed