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

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

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

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

Available in many shapes, sizes, and colors, summer squash can be eaten rind, seeds and all! Look for popular yellow crookneck squash, familiar zucchini squash, and the more unusual pattypan squash at farmers markets throughout the month.

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.

Free Plant Starts Available for School & Pre-K Gardens!

Thanks to a generous donation from Highgate Farm, we have free tomato and eggplant starts. Plants are available for pickup in the ASAP office lobby Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, noon to 4 pm. Please fill out a materials form to let us know how many plants you are taking for your school or preschool. ASAP's office is located at 306 W. Haywood St. in Asheville.

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