About ASAP

Growing Minds is a program of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

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2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference

Register now for our 2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference, September 23-24 in Greenville, SC.

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Veggie Power

How do kids feel about raw sweet potatoes? Listen to the latest episode of WNCW’s Growing Local to find out!

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Become a GM School

We want to tell the world about the great farm to school work being done and reward the schools and teachers doing that work!

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National Farm to School Network

Registration is open for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Madison, WI!

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Join Posana for a Meal to Benefit Growing Minds!

On May 19, Posana will have a special Appalachian Grown dinner menu from which local food lovers can order. The proceeds from that menu will support connecting farms and schools and give children positive experiences with local food.

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Farm to Preschool

Farm to school activities are the perfect fit for preschools and childcare centers. Check out our resources for this age group!

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Local Food in Schools

Growing Minds connects farmers, distributors, and school food leaders to ensure students have access to healthy local food.

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Addressing Dietetic Intern Competencies with Farm to School

View our document outlining ways in which local food and F2S activities can address core competencies for DI food service management rotations and community nutrition rotations.

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Farm Field Trips

Growing Minds staff members support farmers and teachers who want to make farm field trips possible for students.

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Lesson Plans

Looking for ways to connect your school garden, cooking activity, or local farm to curriculum? Check out our Farm to School lesson plans for every month of the school year.

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Local Food Cooking

Dynamic cooking classes bring local food to life for children and adults alike! Growing Minds staff members train teachers and chefs in organizing successful cooking classes, demos, and tastings for students of all ages. Through these experiences, students form positive lifelong eating habits.

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School Gardens

School gardens take learning beyond the walls of the classroom. The Growing Minds team trains teachers to establish Farm to School gardens and to integrate gardening into state and national curriculum.

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Watch our Farm to School program in action!

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