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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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In this silly children’s book, Charley Hoce captures the attention of young readers by providing them with clever and rhyming poems about farm life.  Children will get a kick out of the chicken (that isn’t so chicken) and the counting sheep (that really can’t count past two) while also getting some good language skills practice.

This curriculum, developed by the University of California Botanical Garden Programs alongside local school districts and youth organizations, presents itself as a life science unit for grades k-4 that explores the plants we eat.  With eight lessons that include dissections, tastings, diagrams, experiments, investigative questions and reflection questions, students will take their first steps to becoming food scientists!

A fold-out rhyming book showing the progress of a seed, into a plant, then into a crop.

Miss Maple loves nurturing the lost seeds of the world. Travel through the seasons with her and her woodland friends as they help the seeds stay strong before it’s their time to be planted. And remember, big tall trees started out as tiny little seeds.

Watch as Lucy and Mamie bring a little spring into Mamie’s house during the cold winter months. Together they grow a paperwhite bulb.

Learn all about seeds! Learn what they need to grow into plants, how they can be spread around, and what types we eat.

Learn the basics to starting a garden, whether it’s just a few pots of flowers or herbs, or a whole plot for a vegetable garden.

Text and photographs introduce the stems of trees and plants, including information on how they grow, along with their uses.

Peek underground, dig into the wonders of roots and discover all the amazing things roots do for trees and plants.