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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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ASAP works with a number of Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs in the region to highlight local food education for their clients. Lori Bradley at Henderson County WIC explains how her staff demonstrates farm to early childhood education in action. 

As part of our Growing Minds @ University project, the Growing Minds team is a preceptor to Dietetic Interns during their community rotation. This fall  Maddie from Lenoir-Rhyne University worked with us to provide local food and farm to school activities to our community. As part of her time with us she compiled some of her favorite fall recipes using local produce. 

As part of our farm to school work in Burke County, Emily Towery, a kindergarten teacher at Hillcrest Elementary, shares this story about the day Freedom High Ag students came to work in the Hillcrest school garden with the kindergarten students:

We are thrilled to announce that our own Emily Jackson, ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program Director, is one of 40 selected applicants as a Culture of Health Leader!

Join the state of North Carolina in celebrating National Farm to School Month by crunching into a locally grown apple at NOON on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Participants of all ages are invited to crunch!

Read about how ASAP’s Growing Minds Dietetic Intern, Katti Carroll, is getting students in Burke County excited about local fruits and vegetables!

Check our our impact from the 2015-2016 school year.

How do kids feel about raw sweet potatoes? Listen to the latest episode of WNCW’s Growing Local to find out!

Asheville Chef William Dissen goes to Washington to advocate for CNR reauthorization.

2015 marks the seventh year that Peter Pollay and the Posana staff will graciously host a fundraiser for ASAP’s Growing Minds program.