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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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There are so many ways to incorporate farm to school into every day classroom activities. We’ve starting compiling a few of our favorites and have included links to sample activities, lesson plans, recipes, tips, or other suggestions where applicable. We haven’t quite made it to 110 ways… Have any suggestions that aren’t on our list? Contact us and let us know!

Cooking/Taste Testing:
1. Cook a seasonal recipe as a class and create a “how to” recipe book to take home.
2. Make applesauce in a crockpot…with local apples, of course!
3. Put local spinach and cream cheese in a blender. You just made local edible paint. Spread […]

Despite the winter weather we had great turnout at our 2014 Farm to School Conference!  Thank you to everyone who came to learn and share farm to school experiences.
Presentations from the conference are linked below:
Cooking with Preschool Students
Enhancing the Preschool Environment with Farm to School
Working with Extension
How School Food Works
Menuing and Promotions
Sustaining Farm to School / F2S Policy
Farm to School Taste Tests
Using Community Assets

PrintChef Kirk’s Kale Basil Pesto

Ingredients2 cups packed kale
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
2 tbsp. lemon juice
½ cup grated parmesan
½ cup olive oil
1 tsp black pepper salt to tasteInstructionsIn food processor or blender, add all ingredients except olive oil.
While food processor/blender is running, drizzle in […]

Planning to attend our Farm to School Conference from out of town? While there is not a hotel adjacent to the conference site, Asheville has a variety of lodging options to meet your needs. November 1 is still part of Asheville’s fall tourism season and many downtown hotels will have rates to reflect this.  We recommend staying in the nearby Tunnel Road area near the Asheville Mall. This corridor has a number of national brand hotels, has easy access to the highway, and is about 10 minutes from the conference site. There are also hotels south of town and west […]

All of our farm to preschool resources are compiled into our Farm to Preschool Toolkit. The toolkit contains all of our preK lesson plans, “This Week in the Garden” activity guides, and “Farm to School Goes Home” weekly newsletters.
It also includes Reach for the Stars with Farm to Preschool: Aligning Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) with Farm to Preschool, sourcing guidance, tips for cooking with young children, and more! It is spiral bound for ease in photocopying and printed on thick, high quality paper.
Download a FREE copy of the toolkit in PDF format.
To order a hard copy, please email growingminds@nullasapconnections.org. 

1-9 copies […]

The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is teaming up with United Natural Foods Inc., Foundation and Food Day to offer eight mini-grants of $1,000 each to schools that are planning Food Day celebrations/events during 2013 National Farm to School Month (October). Hurry! The deadline to apply is March 15.

Connecting the youngest students with local food and farms.

Gardening with preschoolers
Menu planning and procurement for preschool: Sourcing local products for preschool and childcare settings requires a very different approach than procurement for school systems.  With different buying requirements and regulations there are often more options for local purchasing, but small volumes and small budgets offer different challenges.  From seasonal menu planning to a case study for incorporating CSAs, this workshop will explore different strategies for making Farm to Preschool work.
Preschool taste tests and cooking in the classroom: Little hands can make delicious creations. In cooking their own salads, sandwiches, salsas, parfaits, and […]

Field Trips   |    Reception    |    Conference Agenda    |   Continuing Education   |    Hotels
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Friday, September 23
10:00am- Field Trips to sites in Upstate SC.
Trips depart at 10am from the TD Convention Center.
$45 each, includes a box lunch.
Trip A: Farming in the Upstate
This is a great trip for educators wanting to learn how to make the most of educational farm visits! Visit two Upstate farms and learn how food gets from the farm to the table while gaining inspiration for your own educational farm field trips. The trip will start at Mill […]

Farm to School doesn’t have to stop at the school garden, classroom, or cafeteria! Join ASAP September 21 and 22 for the annual Farm Tour.