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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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Farm to Preschool

Preschooler enjoying a snack


ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program started working with preschool age children in 2007 in Henderson County through a partnership with Western Carolina Community Action. Through this work and our work with various other childcare facilities, a number of farm to school resources to help early childhood educators were developed that target this specific age group.

ASAP co-faciliates the North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network and serves on the Farm to Early Care and Education Work Group of National Farm to School Network.


  • Farm to Preschool lesson plans – Exploring local food and farms with your young learners doesn’t have to be challenging! Our preschool lesson plans are an easy way to build connections between the outdoor environment and the classroom while introducing children to new fruits and vegetables.
  • Farm to Preschool Toolkit – All of our farm to preschool resources are compiled into our new 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 for families. It also includes sourcing guidance, tips for cooking with young children, and more!

We now have preschool versions of our popular “This Week in the Garden” resource! These weekly activity guides are available in PDF (use as is) or Publisher versions (tweak to your heart’s content and share with other teachers or send home as a newsletter!). In addition to the weekly teacher resource, we have developed a take-home piece to share with parents and families.

This Week in the Garden: Preschool Edition

Farm to Preschool weekly take home information for parents and families:



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