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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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Farm Life

Learn fun facts about all kinds of farm animals from sheep and goats, to chickens and cows.

The Farmer is very lazy, and never keeps his promise to help his wife with the pigs, even when they are “growing” from the tree like apples. When he believes they are gone forever, he changes his attitude and never goes back to being lazy again.

Each of Eli’s family members has a favorite place on their farm. His mother loves to visit a blueberry patch on the hill, and his grandfather feels most at home in the cool, peaceful barn. As he grows from infant to toddler to boy, Eli discovers that he loves the marsh where ducklings follow their mother. This book offers a unique child’s view on farm life and includes illustrations of farm animals and landscapes.

Tired of moving around so much, Amelia, the daughter of migrant farm workers, dreams of a stable home.

After her grandfather passes away, Anna finds that she can still connect with him through the seeds he gave her.

A beautifully illustrated story that depicts a simpler time in the southern Appalachian region.

The life of a barn across generations, this story is told from the perspective of the barn.

A young boy hears a barn dance in the middle of the night. He goes to investigate and discovers a room full of dancing farm animals.

A fun rhyming story full of farm animal onomatopoeia, this book is a terrific introduction to animals and the sounds they make.

This coming of age story captures the moment in time when a child discovers that the outside world doesn’t always view him or his family the way that he does. A boy and his father take their handmade baskets into the city to sell, and the boy is called a ‘hillbilly’ by someone in town. This causes him to question his own future as a basket-maker.