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More than 50 partners across Europe, as well as in Kenya and India, share and showcase inspiring experiences and practical knowledge about legume cultivation and consumption: public gardens and seed exchanges, monthly meetings and lectures, information sheets and promotional media.

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Global Bean September Meeting: Legume seed sovereignty – Produce your own seeds!

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It was great on July 14th with all the legume cooks! Watch the recording of the event below.

Global Bean July Meeting: Summer cooking with lentils!

Summer cooking with lentils! - Global Bean montly meeting july 14.07.2022

🔥Latest Show Garden video

Differences in chickpea varieties? - LTZ 🇩🇪 #2 | Global Bean Show gardens

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“Fastest Bean” competition!

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About the Global Bean Project

A European network promoting the use and cultivation of legumes

The use and cultivation of legumes have great benefits for climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation and health. Local cultivation of legumes replaces unsustainable imports of animal feed, especially soybeans, to Europe and the use of mineral fertilizer through natural nitrogene fixation. Legumes diversify crop rotation and improve soil fertility and biodiversity. They are excellent sources of protein reducing or replacing meat consumption to the benefit of human health and the environment. Hundreds of varieties of beans, lentils, peas and other pulses are the basis of rich and diverse regional cultures and traditions of European kitchens and gardens and new innovative food products.

The Global bean project is a EU wide network of actors from civil society, enterprises, science, education and public institutions to promote and expand the use and cultivation of legumes in our kitchens, gardens and fields.

Our goal is to increase public knowledge and appreciation of the multiple environmental and health benefits of legumes. We want to provide support and motivation to include pulses in cooking and consumption habits, gardening and education. To this end, we want to popularise the professional knowledge of already existing networks and institutions in the field. We hope to establish a European Bean Club of experts and enthusiasts.

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What we do and produce

  • Short information sheets. Joint dissemination of information about the huge botanical, agronomic and culinary diversity of pulses and their potential, on a popular but also on a scientifically differentiated ecological and ecotrophological level.
  • Monthly public lectures online and monthly exchange events of the partner community.
  • Sharing cooking experiences and exchanging recipes though online cooking events held between different countries, with different participating kitchens / chefs.
  • International show gardens of pulses throughout Europe and beyond with different local and exotic varieties, visiting the progress of their cultures with videos and photos. Learn more about Global Bean Showgardens!
  • Practical cultivation instructions for different legumes, available online.
  • Online-repository. Establishment of an open and ecological, agronomical and ecotrophically curated video and website collection and knowledge hub on the cultivation, use and preparation methods, regional diversity and ecological impacts of pulses.
  • Virtual seed-exchange events, followed by shipping and exchange of real seeds.


The Legume Manifesto

Our warming world and ever greater demands on natural resources challenge us to make choices that care for our planet. Those choices start in the kitchen because, as the poet and farmer Wendell Berry said, “how we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used.” (…)

Discover the incredible diversity and abilities of legumes, and why we need more of them, for our health and our environment. Download the Legume Manifesto in PDF format.

Faba Bean Cultivation instruction

Ever wondered how to cultivate Faba Beans? Having trouble finding the perfect soil conditions?
The Global Bean’s new publication has got you covered! You will find everything, from the plant’s characteristics to best cultivation practices, the bugs and pests to watch out for, and further fun facts. For example, did you know the earliest finds of faba beans date all the way back from 6,800 to 6,000 B.C?

We’ll let you discover for yourself! Download the instruction in PDF Format here.

Info sheet: Cooking Pulses From Dry Seeds

Do you think cooking pulses is difficult? Have you ever asked yourself if and how you could prepare more of them? Are you wondering how long they should be cooked?

This hands-on information sheet on how to cook various pulse species and types from scratch contains all the tips & tricks you need to know, and will motivate you to cook them yourself! Don’t wait to start your pulse-cooking journey – Download the Information Sheet “Cooking Pulses From Dry Seeds” in PDF format.

Soybean – Edamame Cultivation instruction

From the best soil for edamame, its most common diseases, the plant’s characteristics and the best harvesting time,  find everything you need to know for successfully growing Edamame in the latest Global Bean publication: Edamame cultivation instruction. Download the Soybean-Edamame Cultivation instructions in PDF format.

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Who are the partners?

Becoming a partner

Are you an NGO, enterprise, organisation or institution working towards the promotion of the cultivation and use of legumes? Would you like to connect and share your experience in an international context? Then contact bean[at] to join our partners’ network!

Any questions? Contact us!

Get in touch with Lisa Hoffmann via bean[at]

Further contact details: Foundation on Future Farming / Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft
Berlin office, Marienstr. 19-20, 10117 Berlin, +49 30 2848 2320

Who is behind the project?

The project is coordinated by the Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft (Foundation on Future Farming, ZSL), who is running a 2000m² “global plot” show garden in Berlin and coordinates the collaboration of 9 additional sites working along the same concept (see The ZSL also runs information campaigns on global agriculture, the Common Agricultural Policy of the EU and agro-ecology. This project is funded by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection’s EURopean ENvironment Initiative.