Growing Minds connects farmers, distributors, and school food leaders to ensure students have access to healthy local food.
Early childhood is a critical stage of child development. Learn how the Farm to Preschool movement is connecting young children to local food and farms to support health and wellness.
We provide resources and support for pre-K-12 school gardens in the Southern Appalachian region, including lesson plans, training, seeds,
Day by Day
From gardening to goats, our farm to school-themed Day by Day resource lists can be used by families learning at home, or by educators in the classroom. Find read alouds, recipes, simple activities, and more.
Browse our collection of garden, food and farm, and recipe lesson plans for preschool, K-5, and more. All Growing Minds lesson plans include connections to age-appropriate children’s literature and are aligned with Common Core State Standards, NC Essential Standards, or NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development.
Whether you’re looking for a sweet eating apple or a tart baking variety, you’ll find what you need in Western North Carolina. Don’t miss the opportunity to try our region’s claim to fame. Apples are a member of the rose family of plants, along with pears, peaches, plums, and cherries. Eat a local apple in your school cafeteria today!
Meet Your Farmer
A video series by Growing Minds
Meet some of the people who grow your food! Our Meet Your Farmer and Junior Farm Tour videos provide students and families with virtual tours of family farms in Western North Carolina.