Growing Minds Day by Day: Week of February 1

…liday came to be? Learn more about the history of Groundhog Day at History.com. Coloring Sheet In our region, groundhogs may be frequent (if not entirely welcome) visitors to gardens throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Despite their cute appearance, groundhogs can be a pest to farmers and gardeners when they start nibbling (or devouring) the leaves of vegetables and other crops. While groundhogs can be a nuisance to humans, groundhogs also pl…

Growing Minds Day by Day: Week of August 3

…tists divide plants into families based on their characteristics and their common ancestors. Plants in a family share common characteristics, just like humans inherit or develop shared characteristics with their own family members. Along with Nightshades, other well known vegetable families include the mustard or brassica family (examples: broccoli, collards, and cabbage), legume family (examples: peas, beans, and peanuts), and cucurbit family (ex…

Dine out for Growing Minds!

…h local food and farm to school experiences.” So, if you agree with Peter, come out and show your support for the Growing Minds program. Growing Minds has been a leader in the farm to school movement since it began in 2002, providing resources and support so that thousands of children across the Appalachian Grown™ region are enjoying edible gardens, farm field trips, cafeteria taste tests, and local food served in their school lunch. But we need y…

A Farmer’s Life for Me

…One, two, three it’s a farmer’s life for me! Spend a day out in the fields and find out what farmers do! You’ll also find endnotes with fascinating facts about animals and crops. Go to www.barefootbooks.com/farmerslife to access your audio singalong of music by The Flannery Brothers and video animation online. This book is also available in a Spanish edition entitled ¡Vivamos la Granja!  …

Growing Minds Day by Day: Week of June 29

…me Charlie asks to play with a new group of animals, he’s told he’s not welcome—because he’s ugly. As winter approaches, Charlie spins himself a cocoon. When spring arrives, the cocoon opens and out comes Charlie—transformed into a beautiful butterfly. Now everyone wants him to be part of their group. What will Charlie do about these fair-weather friends? Watch a read-aloud on YouTube to find out.  Find more books Looking for more garden-themed ch…

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Growing Minds Day by Day: Week of February 8

…/2 cup boiling water to the gelatin mixture and whisk until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Add the corn syrup and whisk until combined. Add the birdseed and mix well. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes until the liquid firms up enough that it won’t leak out from under the cookie cutters. Set your cookie cutters onto a parchment lined baking sheet and fill them with spoonfuls of the birdseed mixture. Using the back of the…

Cooking Cabbage Apple Quesadillas

https://youtu.be/OXgoxhKK7Wo 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….

Planting the Spring Garden

https://youtu.be/02VTT6bqLDg 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….

The Garden Song

https://youtu.be/gIA04Bb3SKM 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….

Local Kale Salad Taste Test

https://youtu.be/60A5S0_zINk 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….

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