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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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Join junior farmers Leah and Abe Littman for a tour of their family’s farm in Western North Carolina. See how tomatoes are grown in a greenhouse and in the field, find out when different crops are ready to harvest, see a tractor, and meet some adorable, cabbage-loving goats. Learn more about Ivy Creek Family Farm here. Find lesson plans and educational resources that compliment this video below.

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Meet Anna Littman, one of the farmers at Ivy Creek Family Farm, a diversified vegetable farm in Barnardsville, NC. Learn about why Anna chose to become a farmer, find out what she loves most about farming, and see what veggies are cultivated on her farm. Learn more about Ivy Creek Family Farm here. Find Growing Minds lesson plans that compliment this video below.

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Meet Chris and Cullen Owen, farmers at Spinning Spider Creamery, an artisan goat dairy in Marshall, NC. Learn about why the Owen’s chose to become farmers, find out what they love most about farming, and learn about the cheese making process. Learn more about Spinning Spider Creamery. Find Growing Minds educational resources that compliment this video below.

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Debbi Madill’s students love growing, cooking, and eating the yummy veggies from their school garden! This video debuted at our 2013 Farm to School Conference.

Our brand new Growing Minds video premiered on the big screen at our Farm to School Institute at the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville.

Kindergarten students from Cullowhee Valley Elementary School cook apple cabbage quesadillas with help from Western Carolina University pre-service teachers and dietitians through ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Cooking Program!

Education and nutrition teachers: Use this video as a tool to show students how to conduct classroom cooking demonstrations.

Students at Cullowhee Valley Elementary School enjoy a taste test of local sweet potatoes with help from Western Carolina University pre-service teachers and dietitians through ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program!

Education and Nutrition Teachers: Use this video as a training tool for cafeteria taste tests!

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Western Carolina University nutrition and education students conduct a taste test of local kale salad at Cullowhee Valley School. These pre-service dietitians and teachers are learning how to implement Farm to School activities into their future professions.


Education and nutrition students from Western Carolina University help students at Cullowhee Valley School plant their spring garden. These pre-service dietitians and teachers are learning how to implement Farm to School activities into their future professions.

This video introduces children to various farm animals around Shared Blessings Farm in Cullowhee, NC.