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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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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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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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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Local Food Guide for Kids

ASAP’s Local Food Guide for Kids is a guide to area school gardens, family-friendly farms, and other Farm to School happenings in Asheville City schools and schools in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, and Jackson counties. Find the second edition in schools and online now!

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Addressing Dietetic Intern Competencies with Farm to School

View our new document outlining specific ways in which local food and F2S activities can address core competencies for both the food service management rotation and the community nutrition rotation for the Dietetic Internship.

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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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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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