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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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Giant Veggies

In this short story, a young boy named Jamie decides he wants to grow a pumpkin… so that’s exactly what he does.  Readers will learn about the lifecycle of this celebratory vegetable, growing from just a tiny seed into a large, plump pumpkin that will undoubtedly make a great, festive jack-o-lantern!

When gardener Jack craves carrot soup, he tries to pick his biggest carrot from the ground.

After weeks of hard work and tending to her garden, it was finally time for Ma Farmer to harvest her sweet potato and make some sweet potato pie; but when she tried to pull the tasty vegetable from the ground, it wouldn’t budge. With the help of her husband and some friendly farm animals, they finally pull a gigantic sweet potato from the ground and then all enjoy the sweet potato pie Ma Farmer prepares.  This story teaches the importance of team work, patience, and eating healthy, local food!