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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About Growing Minds and Farm to School

In 2001, there were six pilot Farm to School programs in the United States. Today, there are Farm to School programs in all 50 states and in more than 9,000 schools.

Why? Because Farm to School programming can make big positive impacts when it comes to children’s health and education, and even when it comes to our economy.

What exactly is Farm to School? Farm to School programming includes school gardens, local food cooking classes and demonstrations, farm field trips, and the serving of local food in school cafeterias. Read more about Farm to School and its impacts.

Like Farm to school programs nationally, ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program has also expanded. What began as a school garden program in 2002 is now a holistic Farm to School program that incorporates all four components. The program provides resources and training to teachers, schools, Child Nutrition Directors, cafeteria staff, parents, extension agents, farmers, and other community stakeholders to encourage and sustain Farm to School efforts.

We hope you’ll browse the site to learn about our work and the resources and trainings we provide, as well as to learn about our Farm to School team. For more information about Farm to School, you can read about Growing Minds’ farm to school offerings.

Questions? Contact us.