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.

F2S Spotlights

Read about the people implementing farm to school in our region, from teachers and nutrition professionals, to dietetic interns and farmers.

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.

Seasonal Resources

Tomatoes come in all shapes, sizes, and colors—from tiny red and yellow cherry tomatoes to big, plump, purple ones! In the summer, look for local tomatoes at farmers markets, grocers, and your school cafeteria, or trying growing your own tomatoes at home or in your school garden.

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.

Virtual Trainings from Growing Minds Farm to School

ASAP's Growing Minds offers training opportunities for educators and community members around farm to school programming. We have several upcoming virtual events for educators and community members.

School Garden Training, Aug. 3, 4-5 p.m. Please register in advance. The training will be repeated on Sept. 17 and March 3.

Farm to Preschool Training, Aug. 17 4-5:30 p.m. Please register in advance. The training will be repeated on Oct. 12 and Feb. 8.

Can't make it to a training in person? We've posted a few virtual trainings to ASAP's YouTube channel! Join Debbi and Cameron (pictured) to learn how to offer a local foods cooking demo or get tips on starting an edible school garden.

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