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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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School’s out and we’ve spent the start of summer looking back over the last school year.

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WNC Child Nutrition Directors are working hard to source local products and feed healthy, nutritious meals to area children.

For the 2013-2014 academic year, ASAP was given the university’s award for “Excellence in Community Partnership.”

If I’ve learned anything from conducting ASAP Growing Minds taste tests in four different elementary schools in Western North Carolina, it is that kids don’t hold back on their opinions.

In early March students at Mills River Elementary School in Henderson County sampled spinach smoothies as a part of the school’s ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ day.

Biltmore recently sent us this simple and scrumptious soup recipe to use on a new recipe card. It’s just in time for holiday cooking with kids of all ages!

On a crisp fall day just before Thanksgiving, students at Mills River Elementary met with local farmers to thank them for their hard work growing food for their community. 

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Thanks to a generous donation from Sow True Seed, we have free garlic for pre-K-12 school gardens in the Appalachian Grown region!

What is a Dietetic Intern (DI), and what do they have to do with Farm to School? Well, after working with DIs from Western Carolina University and Lenoir-Rhyne University for the last few years, we can tell you!

Last spring the ChildCare Network in Fairview received a Growing Minds Farm Field Trip mini-grant to visit Franny’s Farm in Leicester. We recently got this report from the assistant director Deborah Brown: