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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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January

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.

Children gain knowledge and interest in new fruits and vegetables through making an alphabet boarder for the classroom. Students learn to identify new fruits and vegetables. Students work together to complete a class project.

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It’s a perfect fall day and Amelia Bedelia is visiting her grandparents. When her grandmother wants to make an apple pie, Amelia is happy to help out!

Students learn about different varieties of apples, make apple juice, and devise their own methods of extracting juice.
Zip file contains lesson plan and student worksheet.

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These traditional apple chips are a great way to utilize local apples. Try using different varieties and see which ones you like best!

Jonathan’s grandparents own an apple orchard in the mountains. Every fall the whole family gets together for an old-fashioned apple butter making party, and Jonathan learns about his family traditions.

This lesson plan has step by step instructions for cooking in the classroom and features literature and curriculum connections.

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This classroom-friendly recipe does not require any cooking, and the local apples make it a sweet treat that kids will love! The associated lesson plan includes classroom suggestions for apple activities.

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This recipe combines local apples and local cabbage into a kid-friendly coleslaw. It is perfect for the classroom and does not require a stovetop or oven.