Favorite Fall Recipes from Dietetic Intern Maddie

…en to pan; cook 3 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Recipe  from https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/skillet-apple-chicken-thighs   Apple, Goat Cheese, and Pecan Pizza Feeling adventurous? Try this off the beaten path apple, goat cheese, and pecan pizza. The apples and arugula are seasonal produce items that can be found at your local farmers market! The ingredients melt together in a blend of flavors for an exclusively fresh and tasty dinn…

July 2020: New Books Added to Growing Minds Library

…— Driving My Tractor Written by Jan Dobbins and illustrated by David Sim Recommended Level: Preschool, Kindergarten A great singalong, complete with a CD or access audio singalong and video animation online at barefootbooks.com/drivetractor. Learn about farming through the seasons. Sung by SteveSongs. — Old MacDonald Had a Truck Written by Steve Goetz and illustrated by Eda Kaban Recommended Level: Preschool, Kindergarten Old MacDonald had a farm…

Meet Your Farmer: TK Family Farm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu2_G9CbYvo Ever wondered how apples are grown in Western North Carolina? Join Natalie, Rylie, and JJ–the junior farmers at TK Family Farm in Rutherfordton, NC–for a kid’s perspective on growing apples and living on a farm. Hear about how farmers like the Klimstra family help to take care of their land, along with how apples are planted, grown, and processed for sale. JJ also shares his favorite things to do on the…

Meet Your Farmer: The Never Ending Flower Farm

https://youtu.be/LTcm2Nt0qg4 Meet Loretta Ball, the farmer and floral designer at The Never Ending Flower Farm in Barnardsville, NC. Loretta runs the farm with help from her husband, mother, and two sons, Quinn and Ledger. Loretta’s farming roots go back to her family’s tobacco farm. She and her family also grew a vegetable garden for many years, which gradually transformed into the u-pick flower farm business they run today. Watch our interview…

Meet Your Farmer: Two Trees Farm

…erplanting crops, planting pollinator gardens, and preserving wild spaces. https://youtu.be/8Xmq8lFQM-o Explore suggested Growing Minds lesson plans, recipes, and resources to pair with these videos below. Vocabulary words Organism – an individual plant or animal. Biology – the study of living things. Diversity – different types or varieties of things. Biodiversity – the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem. Niche –…

Meet Your Farmer: Last Penny Farm Alpacas

…hool. See if you can spot the “poop pile” during Jacob’s tour of the farm. https://youtu.be/9lzHBSfRl-o Find lesson plans that compliment these videos, plus a vocabulary list, viewing comprehension questions, and a journal prompt, below. Lesson Plans & Resources: Farm Animals lesson plan (K-2) Seasons on a Farm lesson plan (K-2) Thanksgiving for Farmers lesson plan (K-2) Soil Exploration lesson plan (K-2) Farm Animals Day by Day resource list Comp…

Meet Your Farmer: Ivy Creek Family Farm

…vated on her farm. Next, join junior farmers Leah and Abe Littman for a virtual tour of their family’s farm. See how tomatoes are grown in a greenhouse and in the field, find out when different crops are ready to harvest, see a tractor, and meet some adorable, cabbage-loving goats. https://youtu.be/YqI39mHaFkc Find Growing Minds lesson plans that compliment these videos below.   Preschool Lesson Plans: Roots & Shoots Seed Exploration What Plants N…

Growing Minds Day by Day: Week of August 3

…tists divide plants into families based on their characteristics and their common ancestors. Plants in a family share common characteristics, just like humans inherit or develop shared characteristics with their own family members. Along with Nightshades, other well known vegetable families include the mustard or brassica family (examples: broccoli, collards, and cabbage), legume family (examples: peas, beans, and peanuts), and cucurbit family (ex…

Growing Minds Day by Day: Week of June 29

…me Charlie asks to play with a new group of animals, he’s told he’s not welcome—because he’s ugly. As winter approaches, Charlie spins himself a cocoon. When spring arrives, the cocoon opens and out comes Charlie—transformed into a beautiful butterfly. Now everyone wants him to be part of their group. What will Charlie do about these fair-weather friends? Watch a read-aloud on YouTube to find out.  Find more books Looking for more garden-themed ch…

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