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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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March

Soil is every-where, and everything comes from soil! A Handful of Dirt gives students an in-depth look at how soil is formed, what it’s made of, and why it is important to all life—from microorganisms to worms to rabbits. Learn about the different jobs of microscopic creatures in the soil and discover hidden activity that’s always happening just below our feet.

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.

Teach students about life cycles by learning about worms and the ways they benefit the garden and farms. Through reading literature and completing hands-on activities, the class will conduct a worm investigation and observe that the organisms (and other animals) need food, air and space to grow.

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One family’s journey picking apples and making applesauce.

A boy and grand-mother pair team up to make several batches of applesauce throughout apple season. They pick the best apples from the farmers market and work together in the kitchen to craft this delicious, seasonal treat. Step-by-step instructions and a detailed recipe are included to help readers recreate Grandma’s applesauce.

The healthy benefits of a spinach salad flavored with unique, Asian-inspired flair. Make the bacon and hard-boiled eggs ahead of time and the recipe can be made in a classroom without a stovetop or oven.

These kale chips are simple to make and sure to convert even the most skeptical eater into a lover of greens.

This salad is made with lots of fresh, local ingredients and does not require any cooking, making it perfect for the classroom!