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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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Preschool

Ever wonder why a tomato is actually a fruit? This book explains exactly what a fruit is in simple terms that young children can understand.

The O’Leary’s lived on a small farm with their cat, farm animals, and one not-so-welcome guest: a groundhog that liked to eat all of their fresh vegetables every summer.  As Mr. O’Leary devises a plan to keep the groundhog from stealing all of their veggies, the readers are able to learn about life on a small farm, the changing seasons, and the mutual relationships humans share with animals.

So much can happen in a single day – rain, sun, work, and rest, and all of it is perfect and beautiful.

Children gain knowledge and interest in new fruits and vegetables through making an alphabet boarder for the classroom. Students learn to identify new fruits and vegetables. Students work together to complete a class project.

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A simple book about the life cycle of the earthworm.

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

This rhyming alphabet book takes readers on an adventure through Appalachia.

In this non-fiction, beautifully illustrated book, Linda Hager Pack takes a look at what Appalachian childhood was like during the mid to late 1800s.  She informs her readers of the creative games, stories, and crafts children would engage in to keep themselves entertained.  This informative read will leave both children and adults’ alike day-dreaming of the simpler times before technology took over the world.  Prepare to be inspired!

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

Children use their sense to explore apples and gain confidence in trying new fruits.

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