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Growing Minds is a program of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

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Kindergarten

In this book, a young boy decides to observe and take note of everything growing in his garden.  This is a great read for young children who are just learning how to count, and adults will appreciate that it encourages them to eat healthy and local food!

Ten ants find that a cucumber has fallen and blocked the entrance to their home. The ants are strong, but the cucumber is too heavy for them to move alone. Find out what other garden critters come to the rescue! Do you see any of these insects in your garden? Don’t forget to try the recipe!
This book is available in both English and Spanish.

This guide is meant to help communities or schools get started with a garden, from fundraising and having an initial meeting, to breaking ground and activities involving youth. The case studies of school and community gardens around the United States show how connecting children to the earth is so important for their education.

Dinner from Dirt provides the basic steps to teach children how to garden and what to plant.  Then it keeps on developing the idea of what we garden into what we eat, by providing recipes.  Dinner from Dirt shows children that if there is something they really like to eat, pizza or stir fry, they can create a special garden to grow ingredients for their favorite food.

Elliot learns to love cooking through his neighbor Stella.  He also learns to understand where his food comes from and what makes the food he cooks healthy.

This short, Level 2 reading book takes a look at a young girl’s favorite day of the week: Market Day.  Children will enjoy the beautiful paintings and simple descriptions depicting what it’s like to be a family that grows and sells their own food at local Farmers Markets.  Young students will surely want to complete the art activity at the end of the book that can also be a math and communication skills lesson!

In this book children are encouraged to be both inquisitive, creative, and hands on.  Gardening for Kids teaches children about the scientific aspect of gardening, but also makes it fun.  There are many craft ideas, stories, and gardening ideas to keep children engaged.

Global Gourmet presents to the readers recipes from all around the world.  It has 60 traditional recipes, entertaining ideas that talks about each culture, and it focuses on 12 regions from around the world.

A detailed guide to food and nutrition, perfect for a young audience.

This book has numerous ideas for school projects, from school composting to native plant gardens.  There are more than a dozen ideas for school gardens.  The book also includes outdoor classroom activities for teachers to use with their lessons.