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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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Sophie and her friends work together to grow a neighborhood vegetable garden. From zucchini to potatoes to carrots, the kids grow it all. Page by page, vegetable by vegetable A Harvest of Color gives great gardening advice in the voice of the children, and offers hints that are helpful to any gardener, old or young. You’ll love the book’s realistic photographs of Sophie and her friends gardening.

About Appalachia, the people, the geographic region, and the culture.

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.

Nonfiction about farms and gardens illustrated with wood prints.

A book of poems about common insects.

Jack starts a garden from scratch in his back-yard. We explore the garden with Jack week by week and discover that it is made up of much more than flowers! Flowers grow out of the nutritious garden soil, which in turn feed nectar-loving insects and birds. This book is a miniature field guide for naturalists of all ages.

Jody and her grandfather plant some beans and watch them grow.

A first rate intro to the growth cycle coupled with outstanding photos and rhythmic text that provide a wealth of information! Winner of numerous awards. (Beware though, pumpkins can be challenging to grow. Find a farmer to help you.)

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In this book, a girl discovers two old potatoes that have begun to sprout at the back of the cupboard. She goes to throw them away, but her dad suggests instead that they try to grow new potatoes from the old ones. The story details how they prepare the soil, care for the plants, and protect the plants from potato beetles. Their patience and hard work are rewarded with a brimming bucket of new potatoes.