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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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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.

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

This book takes readers on one family’s journey of collecting fruits and vegetables from the woods, orchards, and garden all year long. Along the way, the family works together to put up applesauce, apple butter, apple cider, and other delicious treats for the winter. You’ll find recipes in the back.

Have you ever been interested in starting a garden but felt too overwhelmed to do so?  Perhaps you felt like you didn’t have the right knowledge, skills, or enough time to do so. Well, prepare to leave those excuses behind!  This book offers 43 different gardening projects and activities that are perfect for people who are just discovering their green thumbs.  Ellen Zachos gives her readers plenty of ideas and suggestions for finding the right gardening technique for any individual, whether it be container gardening, or making the perfect garden space for your feline friend!  And don’t forget to check […]

Eddie decides he wants a garden and gets to work, with just a bit of help from him mom and younger sister. He learns about all of the elements that help his garden to grow!

This short, Level 2 reading book takes a look at a young girl’s favorite day of the week: Market Day.  Children will enjoy the beautiful paintings and simple descriptions depicting what it’s like to be a family that grows and sells their own food at local Farmers Markets.  Young students will surely want to complete the art activity at the end of the book that can also be a math and communication skills lesson!

“You know your doctor, you know your lawyer, you know your accountant.  Who’s your farmer?”  In this non-fiction book, author dee Hobsbawn-Smith profiles 75 growers and producers of the Canadian province Alberta to answer just that question for her neighbors and her readers.  Although these farmers are located in Alberta, anyone can read this book to learn more about the lives of farmers in general: from their struggles, to their stance on government involvement, to their future goals.  Oh, and you don’t want to miss out on the 26 original recipes dee includes throughout the book!

Life on a Vermont farm can be a lot of work, but it also can be tremendous fun!

Each page of this book is an evolving image that follows Tracy’s view from her window from her birth to her adulthood, Over the years her urban neighborhood evolves from a few abandoned lots to a lush, green oasis.

A comparative look at how things, people, and animals grow.