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20 August

In person event

Meeting the challenges of organic dry beans

Free Bilingual

Les cultures du Grand Inc., 7005 Route Principale, Grand St-Esprit, J0G 1BO

This day at the farm is aimed at growers, agronomists and public institutions.

Important information :
Équiterre and Sème l'avenir flags will indicate the entrance to the farm.

This on-farm day for growers, agronomists and public institutions will focus on the challenges of producing and supplying organic dry beans. Discussions will include on-farm production techniques Les cultures du Grand, as well as agronomic challenges specific to dry beans during a round table discussion and field tour. A presentation will follow on the use of dried beans in institutional cooking to share the benefits of this plant protein.

The event will be held at the farm Les cultures du Grand, renowned for its 35 years of experience in dry bean cultivation and its recent transition to organic production in 2023. Co-owner Philippe Gras is devoting 14 hectares of his 240-hectare farm to the Dark Red dry bean variety. He is experimenting with a promising strategy that involves growing dry beans on ridges under a cover of mowed corn, followed by fall wheat.

Join Philippe Gras and Quebec's field crop producers as they explore the agronomic challenges of dry beans: improving rotation profitability and strategies to reduce the use of fungicides and herbicides.

Program :

  • 8:30 a.m. : Welcome by Philippe Gras (Ferme Les cultures du Grand), Olivier Flamand-Lapointe (Équiterre) and Hugo Martorell, (Sème l'avenir)
  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. : Presentation of the farm by Philippe Gras, his production methods and Q&A, field tour, testimonials and round-table discussion with farmers, technicians, agronomists and public institutions. Sainte-Justine UHC presentation on the use of dry beans in institutions.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. : Lunch hosted by Haribec and networking on pulse market trends. Buyer testimonials, hybrid format with booths and informal exchanges

Meeting the challenges of organic dry beans


For further information, please contact Olivier Flamand-Lapointe,

This event is offered as part of the field days devoted to dry bean cultivation: research and development, agronomy and local supply.

Growing dry beans is increasingly recognized as a winning strategy for farmers and consumers alike. It helps to diversify crop rotations, improve soil health and generate attractive income. Dry beans also represent a nutritional and affordable alternative plant protein.

For several years, buyers, public institutions, producers, agronomists, scientists and stakeholders have been mobilizing to meet the genetic, agronomic and marketing challenges.

Since 2020, the community has been meeting at field days to exchange knowledge and find collective solutions. To view reports on workshops held in previous years, click here.
These events are made possible thanks to :
With the financial support of :
The August 14 and 20, 2024 activities are the result of a collaboration between Equiterre, Sème l'avenir and the Pulse Breeding and Genetics Research Laboratory of McGill University. They are made possible thanks to two sources of funding. (1) The imPULSE project: a transdisciplinary project in technological development for the sustainable production of plant proteins in Quebec, a project of McGill University's Legume Breeding and Genetics Laboratory and funded by MAPAQ and FRQNT as part of the Partnership Research Program - Sustainable Agriculture. (2) The Haricot Secs project funded by the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation under the Prime-Vert program.