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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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Farmers

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.

This beautifully written and illustrated book depicts a year on a farm. It introduces the animals, equipment, and crops in a way that captures the life of a farm.

Spring is here and it’s time for Farmer Brown to shear his sheep, but he notices that they are cold without their fleece! He comes up with a creative solution that makes everyone happy.

A hard working duck rebels against the lazy farmer who expects the duck to take care of the farm.

Nonfiction about farms and gardens illustrated with wood prints.

A year in the life of a Kansas cattle farm.

“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!

This beautifully illustrated book depicts markets around the world, from Ecuador to Nepal to New York City. How are the markets in the book similar to markets in your own community?