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Regenerative farming is a focus on restoring soils that have been depleted of important nutrients due to the use of chemicals and industrial farming techniques. 

Maggie: When I first read about regenerative farming, I was so excited. The potential of regenerative farming to fix our food systems and combat global warming seemed transformative.

Katherine: Just hearing you say “combat global warming” is enough to get me excited. I also remember first learning about regenerative farming and wanting to tell everybody about what I’d learned. I mean, could changing the way we farm really help solve our problems? 

Maggie: Seems that way. Most simply put, it’s a sustainable way of farming that uses crops and perennials to capture carbon from the air and keep it in the earth. Although, I’ve come to recognize it’s so much more: it’s living in balance with nature and ecosystems; prioritizing biodiversity and soil regeneration; food equity and fair wages; and acknowledging indigenous people as the original stewards of the land. In other words, it’s complex and even more interesting than I originally understood.

How did you learn about regenerative farming?

Katherine: I’m a bit of a podcast junkie, so I’m pretty sure it was listening to Dr. Zach Bush on the Rich Roll Podcast that first exposed me to this concept. Their conversation blew my mind. From there, I started following Farmer’s Footprint, which is the regenerative farming organization founded by Dr. Bush, and then I watched a movie called The Biggest Little Farm, and then learned about Kiss The Ground. I went down a bit of a rabbit hole. Clearly. There’s still so much I don’t remotely understand, but it’s nice to feel hopeful and know that we don’t actually need some miracle technological breakthrough to fix this mess. Well, that would be nice too, but making simple changes can have a huge impact, too. 

Maggie: Yes, it gives me hope too.  I think it’s fine to acknowledge that it’s complicated and we may not have all the answers and I think that’s also alright. When we know better, we’ll do better.  But for now, supporting organizations helping farmers switch to regenerative farming practices feels like a good fit for us. Agreed?

Katherine: Completely. And just paying attention to how our food is grown and connecting with farms is a huge eye-opening experience. I’m just thankful so many incredible people are caring for the land and growing food consciously. We get to benefit from their dedication. Lucky, right? 

Maggie: So lucky. And any way we can support farms in pursuit of a more holistic and regenerative style of farming, I’m all in! 

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Maggie:

I don’t know about you but I don’t think I would have believed we’d be starting a dry food company together had someone told me that a year ago.

Katherine

I know! Or more like 40 years ago! That’s how far back we go. Crazy. And even though you’re in Seattle and I’m in New York, we connected over a desire to do something sustainable and pared back. Beans are not only awesome in their own right, with huge cultural significance and health benefits, but they're also kind of this ideal metaphor for our desire to slow down and live a more conscious life. 

Katherine Yaphe, co-founder of beanstory, sitting on pillows that are on the floor, wearing jeans, a white shirt, and a pink striped scarf, loosely wrapped around her neck.

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"Beans are...kind of this ideal metaphor for our desire to slow down and live a more conscious life."

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Maggie

Exactly. You can’t get much more elemental than beans. But really, our journey began long before our conversations about beans. It started after reading We Are The Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer, a book you had recommended. That’s when our connection with food changed. And (I think) that’s what planted the seed for beanstory.

Katherine

That book hit me hard! It literally changed the way I live. Foer makes the case that we need to eat less meat (and eggs and dairy) to heal the planet. I was taken with the idea that every day, we vote with our forks. I started eating A LOT more beans after reading that book! 

- Maggie

"That connection of how our food choices have an environmental impact ignited something in me."

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Maggie Bentley, co-founder of beanstory, wearing a grey scarf, blue sweater, and a green jacket, standing on a NW beach with the water behind her.

Maggie

Me too! I’d been feeling panicked about the climate crisis and was trying to reduce my footprint but wasn’t feeling my efforts were really making any difference. I read Foer’s book and distinctly remember knowing my relationship with food had changed forever. That connection of how our food choices have an environmental impact ignited something in me.

Katherine

So here we are. Ultimately, our intention with beanstory is to get closer to the source of our food so that we can take small steps to create bigger change. It sounded easy enough, right? Connect with farmers and go from there. 

Maggie

Ha. Right. Such a simple idea is remarkably complex behind the scenes. There are farms and processors and cleaners and distributors. There are usually so many layers between us and what we eat! 

Katherine

Exactly. We wanted to pare that all back and connect directly with the actual people growing our actual food. More than that, we wanted to make sure that the way our beans were grown wasn’t contributing to this mess that we’re in. So going organic (in practice, beyond label) was non-negotiable for us. 

Maggie

I have to say, connecting with our farming partners has been one of the most rewarding parts of this journey. I have such profound admiration for those who grow our food and do so in accordance with nature—unyielding to what’s easiest and with uncompromising respect for the land. I want to uplift their stories (and food) and share them with everyone! 

Katherine

I like the sound of that! And I think that brings us back to the beginning of our story and the book that helped shape our journey. Foer writes about how hard it is to eat consciously and about the power social networks can have on the outcome of our lives. So I like that beanstory is our small part to make conscious eating and living a little easier and to create community between anyone looking for a way to make a difference.

Maggie

Here’s to that and to beans! They truly are magical!

"I have such profound admiration for those who grow our food and do so in accordance with nature - unyielding to what’s easiest and with uncompromising respect for the land."

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