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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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A girl bands together with her community to plant a garden on a vacant lot.

On Scarlette Beane’s fifth birthday, her grandfather gives her a garden to grow all on her own. Her veggies grow so big it takes the whole town to help harvest them and make soup. Then one night, she plants magic seeds that grow into a vegetable castle! This book is all about the wonderful things children can accomplish and the joys gardening brings to a community.

A unique variation of the typical Johnny Appleseed story. This book is a beautifully illustrated compilation of information about John Chapman, and why his legacy should matter to people today. The book ends with an invitation to “make our country and our world a better place,” as Chapman did — “seed by seed, deed by deed” — and a recipe for apple pie.

A short novel for readers 10 and up, Seedfolks tells the story of a small garden in a vacant lot, told through the eyes of 13 diverse members of the community.

On market day everyone in town gathers to buy fresh produce, baked goods, and cheese. Good for students of all ages, this book introduces each item at the market in simple terms, then goes into more detail about how it is produced.

Rebecca Estelle hates pumpkins, so one day when she finds a vine growing in her garden, she decides to ignore it. When fall comes around, she discovers hundreds of pumpkins growing all over the yard! This story portrays the unpredictable aspects of gardening, and encourages sharing and community in a simple and powerful way.

The students at Pepper Lane Elementary need a place to plant their seeds. Miss Marigold has the prefect suggestion, why not start a school garden?  The kids get to work preparing the soil and planting their seeds. Then all they need to do is water, weed, and wait.

Wesley, an outcast amongst his classmates, takes on an ambitious summer project of growing his own staple crop and founding a civilization! He tills up a bit of land in his back yard and wind blows the seeds of a crop into his garden. Tall plants quickly grow and he uses every part of the plant to create clothes, food, and even ink for his own world. Sharing his innovations makes him the most popular kid in school, showing children that being different is cool after all.