The Genbänkle aims to list, network, and visualise initiatives and organisations working on old and rare vegetable varieties in Baden-Württemberg. In the beginning we established a list of relevant contacts in Baden-Württemberg. This forms the basis of a database and an online map service. These resources provide interested people with easier access to regional and true-breeding seeds of old and rare vegetable varieties.
Global Bean projects we are involved in:
Network of seed savers, exchange about the search for regional heirloom varieties, experience from the successful story of a regional lentil variety (Alblinse), raising awareness for the topic in our talks, newsletter, seed markets and courses.
Exchange/best practice examples for the reintroduction of more regional legume varieties for human consumption (e.g. Phaseolus coccineus, mixed cropping of maize and beans).