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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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Teach students about insect life cycles through a close look at butterflies.

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Introduce students to cabbage and guide them in closely observing characteristics of, and tasting, several cabbage varieties.

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Teach students about changing seasons and the season of autumn. Students create a leaf spinner and record daily temperatures.

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Introduce students to cucumbers, how they grow, and what they taste like.

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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.

Introduce students to roots and the ways they function. Talk with students about the 5 “Ws” (who, what, when, where, and why) and teach them as a guide for creating a poem.

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Introduce students to different farm animals and what food and materials they can provide us and our community.

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On a cold winter day, Claire takes a trip to the Bunny Planet where it’s always summer and the tomatoes are just starting to get ripe…

Introduce students to the insects and other creatures they will find in the garden and their characteristics.

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Students learn what people need to create a successful a garden and what plants need to thrive. Through a hands-on activity, students learn about mapping and construct a “bird’s-eye-view” picture of a garden bed. Through a reflection process, students work together to make group decisions in planning a classroom garden.

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