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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Kindergarten

Learn how to work with our youngest authors by creating a supportive and encouraging environment that can energize them to create using text. The author provides step by step instructions on setting up an age appropriate writing workshop with units that cover how to form ideas, structure the text, and even develop illustrations that nourish children’s creativity.

Unique woodcut illustrations take you on an edible journey through the alphabet.

Follow the life of an apple throughout the year, demonstrating the cyclical patterns in nature.

Filled with recipes, stories, and book recommendations from children’s authors and illustrators, this book is a great resource to connect cooking with children’s literature.

An investigative look at seven backyard habitats to see how many critters you can find!

In this silly children’s book, Charley Hoce captures the attention of young readers by providing them with clever and rhyming poems about farm life.  Children will get a kick out of the chicken (that isn’t so chicken) and the counting sheep (that really can’t count past two) while also getting some good language skills practice.

Big Ideas provides teachers, kindergarten through high school, ideas on how to educate their students about food, culture, health, and the environment. Using the four perspectives it lays out steps on how to educate students on food and food systems.

Learn the many calls of America’s birds in this visual journey across the country.

Count by twos and learn the names of butterflies living across the world!

This English and Spanish language curriculum guide comes with a Student Food Journal to go alongside all the lesson plans. The lesson plans are meant for children to get hands-on experience with food while integrating language, math, science and social studies for grades K-1.