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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 Handful of Dirt

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.

A River Ran Wild

Learn how the modern-day descendants of the Nashua Indians and European settlers were able to combat pollution and restore the beauty of the Nashua River in Massachusetts. The book’s beautiful illustrations depict the passage of time from early Native American tribes to modern day.

Amazing Bats

Nonfiction world of bat facts and pictures.

An Earthworm's Life

A simple book about the life cycle of the earthworm.

An Edible Alphabet 26 Reasons to Love the Farm

A book that follows the 26 letters of the alphabet to give young readers a glimpse into farm life.

And So They Build

A glimpse into the creatures that build their own homes.


All about different kind of apples, including how they are grown and sold.

Apples for Everyone

All about apples in words and photographs, a great book for early readers.

Are You a Bee

Nonfiction tale of a bee’s life.

Are You a Butterfly

Nonfiction tale of a butterfly’s life.