About ASAP

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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Trainings and Workshops

If you are trying to gain support for a farm to school or farm to preschool program at your school, a workshop or presentation by a member of the Growing Minds team can help inspire staff, parents, administrators, and school board members.

Register now for our 2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference, September 23-24 in Greenville, SC.

The 2015 conference was held November 14 in Asheville.

Register now for our 2014 conference: November 1, 2014 in Asheville!


Our 2013 conference was held on November 2. Save the date for our 2014 conference: November 1, 2014 in Asheville!

Cutting Strawberries

ASAP’s Farm to School Institute
Held on November 10th, 2012
University of North Carolina Asheville Sherrill Center

On Friday, November 1st, 2013, ASAP convened a forum to make connections, identify collective resources, and create a shared understanding of food systems in rural communities.


Learn why local food taste tests are our favorite way to introduce preK-12 children to local fruits and vegetables. Taste tests are simple, inexpensive, and most importantly, fun!