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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What Does Growing Minds Offer?

Free seeds for school gardens – ASAP’s office is stocked with a selection of seeds from Sow True Seed (a local company) that grow well during the school year. Stop by to pick them up for your classroom or school garden.

Free promotional materials – Our Get Local calendars (local harvest of the month calendars), Get Local book marks, "I tried local _____" stickers, and Get Local recipe cards can help create positive food environments at your school. All formats feature local products that are accessible to schools and educators.  Contact us for more information.

‘This Week in the Garden’ activity guides - Created for every week of the school year, these guides feature farm to school recipes, children’s books, and activity ideas perfect for every season. Download This Week in the Garden in PDF or Publisher formats!

Lending library – The Growing Minds’ library, in ASAP’s office, is full of children's literature and curriculums targeted for Pre-K and elementary school ready to be used in the classroom.

Farm to school cooking resources – To make cooking in the classroom possible, we offer stipends, recipes, and cooking lesson plans. Email growingminds@nullasapconnections.org to learn more about our farm to school cooking program.

Farm to School Monthly newsletter – Our farm to school newsletters include information about grant opportunities, trainings, and resources. Want to be added to our list? Subscribe to our monthly farm to school newsletter now!

Training - Sign up for our Farm to School Monthly newsletter to hear about Growing Minds’ workshops and trainings such as those that help teachers use the school garden, cook in the classroom, and use farm field trips as instructional tools.

Sourcing local food  - In addition to resources for teachers and schools, Growing Minds works with Child Nutrition Directors who are interested in increasing local purchasing for school cafeterias.

Farm to School Funding – Hands-on local food and farm experiences are a big part of farm to school, and that is why ASAP offers funding for farm field trips, school garden projects, cooking, and taste tests! To be considered, fill out our online form.