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Can legumes save the world?

Visit our Global Bean knowledge hub: and discover our European network promoting the use and cultivation of legumes!

More than 50 partners across Europe, as well as in Kenya, India and the US, 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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Next events

  • 11 Jul 2023

    Live in the Legume Show Gardens!

    11 Jul 2023 @ 17:00 – 18:30 – If you are curious about the diversity of legumes, join us for a garden tour through Europe and maybe beyond. The Global Bean Show Gardens constitute a very diverse network of demonstration gardens, production farms, breeding stations and experimental farms. Their participants are growing all sorts of legumes, for example, children in Germany are growing […]

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Latest publications

  • Phaseolus Bean

    The wild parents of the common bean (P. vulgaris) grow in an area that stretches from northern Mexico to Argentina, in two broad regions: Mesoamerica in the north and the Andes in the south. Wild beans in the two regions are genetically distinct.

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  • Cultivating Legumes on Balconies

    Increased urbanisation has left less space for growing our vegetables on farms unlike in our rural areas. So space is one of the biggest constraints for farming. But to eat a healthy diet you need to grow your food in your locality!

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Latest videos


Monthly meetings

Monthly sessions about everything legume-related, Intercropping, legume mixtures, seed exchanges and more.

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Short videos about legume cultivation from all around the world!

All Show garden videos on Youtube »


Behind the Seeds

Short videos about legumes.

All Behind the Seeds videos on Youtube »

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