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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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View our document outlining ways in which local food and F2S activities can address core competencies for DI food service management rotations and community nutrition rotations.

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Students at Cullowhee Valley School in Jackson County, NC, got a lesson in how apples grow when they visited their school cafeteria this fall. Utilizing materials from our Get Local @ School campaign, bulletin boards are an easy way to share information about local agriculture with every student.

For the 2013-2014 academic year, ASAP was given the university’s award for “Excellence in Community Partnership.”

What is a Dietetic Intern (DI), and what do they have to do with Farm to School? Well, after working with DIs from Western Carolina University and Lenoir-Rhyne University for the last few years, we can tell you!

Debbi Madill’s students love growing, cooking, and eating the yummy veggies from their school garden! This video debuted at our 2013 Farm to School Conference.

Students at Cullowhee Valley Elementary School enjoy a taste test of local sweet potatoes with help from Western Carolina University pre-service teachers and dietitians through ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program!
Education and Nutrition Teachers: Use this video as a training tool for cafeteria taste tests!

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Western Carolina University nutrition and education students conduct a taste test of local kale salad at Cullowhee Valley School. These pre-service dietitians and teachers are learning how to implement Farm to School activities into their future professions.

Education and nutrition students from Western Carolina University help students at Cullowhee Valley School plant their spring garden. These pre-service dietitians and teachers are learning how to implement Farm to School activities into their future professions.