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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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Curriculum

Published by Teachers College Columbia University, this curriculum features an inquiry-based science and nutrition program where students learn science through studying the food system. The curriculum is divided into six units: Becoming Food Scientists, Interacting Parts, Food Processing, Environmental Effects, Waste, and Making Choices.

This seasonal curriculum was developed on behalf of The Food Project in Lincoln and Roxbury, MA as a way to connect a diverse array of youth with urban and suburban farming and food. The learning themes are geared at seeing the fun in farming, making food and farming relevant to teenagers, linking learning to work, and empowering the youth involved.

This curriculum was developed by the National Gardening Association (NGA) for early childhood educators to use plants as a teaching tool. Through inquiry-based discovery children can learn all about plants and get excited about nature.

Tired of teaching genetic concepts with the same old pink petunias and Mendel s peas? With Garden Genetics, you can present core content in ways that are fun for students and fresh for you. This two-part set a teacher edition and companion student edition is adaptable to biology students at all levels, including AP. It uses a series of activities and inquiry-based experiments with familiar foods to teach genetics while helping students make connections to ecology, evolution, plant biology, and even social science. What makes Garden Genetics unique is its emphasis on modern food-plant-based situations. For example, to learn about […]

Tired of teaching genetic concepts with the same old pink petunias and Mendel s peas? With Garden Genetics, you can present core content in ways that are fun for students and fresh for you. This two-part set a teacher edition and companion student edition is adaptable to biology students at all levels, including AP. It uses a series of activities and inquiry-based experiments with familiar foods to teach genetics while helping students make connections to ecology, evolution, plant biology, and even social science. What makes Garden Genetics unique is its emphasis on modern food-plant-based situations. For example, to learn about […]

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.

This curriculum was developed by the George Watts Montesorri in Durham, NC for lower elementary school students. The lessons are relevant to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and allow students to learn where food comes from and become hands on in the garden.

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.

In Grow Lab, teachers are shown ways in which to use nature in their everyday lesson plans.

In Grow Lab teachers learn how to build, feed, and support a garden in the classroom.  It not only gives you step by step instructions it also shows teachers ways in which to incorporate the garden in their lessons.