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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 hard working bear and a lazy bunny both plant tomatoes with different results.

Mr. and Mrs. O’Grady are very poor and they are down to their last potato. But then they uncover a mysterious pot in their garden, and when they put one thing in, two come out! What will they do with it?

Three friends make soup the same way every day. One morning, the Duck wants to change his job and stir the soup, but the others think he’ll do a terrible job. After a squabble, he leaves the cabin in a huff. The cat and the squirrel look for the duck high and low. When they find him, they invite the duck back and make a delicious pot of soup by sharing all of the jobs of soup making.

A boy from an unusual family has a unique gift: when the moon is full he sprouts flowers out the top of his head!

Every day, Honey tends her garden, thinning the lettuces, pulling up beets, and even singing to the kale. (Honey says if you listen carefully, you can hear the kale singing back!) Laurel, the little girl who lives next door, likes to help, weeding the rows, washing vegetables under the pump, and gathering speckled eggs from the chicken coop. But one day there is a FOR SALE sign in Honey’s front yard. Honey’s mother is sick, and she is moving away! What will happen to Honey’s garden? And what will Laurel do without her friend? Here is a touching story that […]

The scarecrow longs to be friends with the animals who live in his field, but they are too afraid to come near him. One winter day he is disguised by a snowstorm and the animals decide he isn’t so scary after all.

Peter helps his grandparents grow their famous pumpkins on their farm. One pumpkin grows all alone and receives special attention from Peter. When a new girl moves in next door and is looking for the perfect pumpkin, will Peter decide to share his special pumpkin with her?

Erin has always longed for a vegetable garden, and sets out to grow one. Along the way she learns many lessons from her new garden friends that span generations.

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.