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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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Recipe Books

Intended for an adult reader, this book contains recipes, ideas for local foraging, and food preservation tips that can be utilized in classrooms with children of all ages.

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.

Purple, yellow, orange, and red. Just the right mix of colored vegetables make a delicious soup in this tasty introduction to colors, counting, and veggies. All you need is a pot, a spoon, an adult helper, and vegetables of many colors to make a very special soup—Every Color Soup! Learn colors and vegetable names in this bright and colorful picture book with minimal text perfect for the beginning reader. 

Join Carrie on her journey through the neighborhood, where she tries new breads from a variety of cultures. You’ll love the recipes included for challah, corn bread, coconut bread and more!

On a neighborhood search for her brother Anthony, Carrie finds a culturally different kind of rice behind each door. Included in this cultural adventure are exciting recipes for Mrs. D’s Black-eyed Peas and Rice, The Diazes’ Turmeric Rice with Pigeon Peas, and more!

On a cold, snowy day nothing warms the soul quite like a big bowl of soup! In a diverse, urban neighborhood everyone shares a favorite soup from their cultural background. This book contains seven different soup recipes.

This clever cookbook combines fairy tale stories with recipes for the whole family to try. The fairy tales include the familiar stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Show White, as well as more unfamiliar tales like The Runaway Pancake and The Magic Cave. Try the Little Mermaid’s Seaweed Stuffed Shells (with local spinach!) or Stone Soup with local summer squash!

Over the years the US presidents have enjoyed the south lawn of the White House in a variety of ways. When Barack Obama became president, First Lady Michelle Obama decided to plant a kitchen garden on the lawn! With the help of some local school children the south lawn was transformed into an edible garden.
 
 

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

How do you grow vegetable soup? In this simple but delightful story we learn the process, from seed to soup pot. Bold, bright illustrations enhance the excitement of the gardening cycle, and beautifully display each step of the journey. This book is also available in Spanish.