Local Food in Schools
Local Food In Schools

Growing Minds connects farmers, distributors, and school food leaders to ensure students have access to healthy local food.

Farm to Preschool
Farm to Preschool

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.

School Gardens
School Gardens

We provide resources and support for pre-K-12 school gardens in the Southern Appalachian region, including lesson plans, training, seeds,
and mini-grants.

Day by Day
Growing Minds
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.

Lesson Plans

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.

Find Seasonal Resources

Look for cabbage in the school cafeteria or at the farmers market this month! Farmers grow this versatile vegetable in the spring and fall. Along with broccoli, collard greens, and many other vegetables, cabbages are members of the brassica plant family. Try cabbage raw on sandwiches and tacos, or cooked in soups and stews.

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.

Sign up for the 2021 NC Crunch!

This October, join schools and child care centers across North Carolina in celebrating National Farm to School Month by crunching into a locally grown apple! The NC Crunch will take place on Wednesday, October 20th. This annual event, co-sponsored by the NC Farm to Preschool Network and the Farm to School Coalition of NC, celebrates farm to school/preschool, NC agriculture, local farmers and farm workers, and healthy eating. 

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