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

It’s easy finding local greens! Greens like collards, kale, and lettuce thrive in WNC’s cool months of spring and fall, but they also grow year-round. Look for these nutritious leaves in your school cafeteria and at your local farmers market.

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 Seeds for Farm to School Programs!

Seed bundles are now available for school gardens! These free seeds available to public and private pre-K through 12 schools located in ASAP's Appalachian Grown region.
This year we have created seed bundles which contain 10 packets of seeds, each containing a different variety of fruits, vegetables, and other unique plants! You may take one bundle and choose an extra two packets of herbs and/or flowers of your liking at the time of pickup.
Educators can contact Sabrina Brooks at [email protected] or 828-236-1282 to schedule a time to pick up seeds from the ASAP office in Asheville Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NEW "I Tried Local..." Toolkit

We are excited to introduce our new immersive farm to school resource, “I Tried Local…” A Toolkit for Engaging Kids with Local Food and Farms. It is designed for use in early care and education (ECE) through second grade, and gives educators tools to connect kids with how food is grown and the farmers in their communities who grow it. Learn more here!

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