Meet Your Farmer: Last Penny Farm Alpacas

…lan (K-2) Soil Exploration lesson plan (K-2) Farm Animals Day by Day resource list Compost resource list Vocabulary words: Camelid – A member of the biological animal family Camiledae, which includes old world camels, and new world llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos.  Alpaca – A species of domesticated South American camelid mammal. They are closely related to llamas, though usually smaller. They are often raised for their fiber, or wool.  Llam…

Join ASAP for our annual Farm Tour!

…at it takes to grow food and raise livestock, open their barns and pastures so that children can interact with their animals, and lots more. Passes are $25 in advance. For more information about the tour and to purchase a pass online, visit www.asapconnections.org….

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Growing Minds Day by Day: Week of February 8

…your own heart shapes? When you find a heart, photograph it or draw a picture of it. How many hearts can you find or make?  — That’s it for this week. Check back next week for new resources. Click here to access Day by Day resources from past weeks. If you didn’t find what you’re looking for here, please visit our Lesson Plans page….

Growing Minds Day by Day: Week of July 27

…vailable on this page). You can also visit the National Park Service website to learn more about these amazing creatures.   —  That’s it for this week. Check back next week for new resources. Click here to access Day by Day resources from past weeks. If you didn’t find what you’re looking for here, please visit our Lesson Plans page….

Growing Minds Day by Day: Week of February 1

…ake a high-pitched whistling sound to alert other groundhogs to danger, hence the common name “whistlepig”.  Groundhogs will retreat to their burrow or climb trees to escape from predators, which can include red-tailed hawks, bobcats, and foxes. They can easily climb fences (as seen in the photo above!).   Activities for Thursday, 2/4 Here’s a Little Groundhog Materials: Groundhog cutout and poem Brown paint and brush (optional – add a little sand…

Growing Minds Day by Day: Week of August 3

…, to taste Balsamic vinegar and olive oil Directions: Cut tomatoes into slices. Combine tomatoes and mozzarella in a bowl. Toss the tomatoes and mozzarella with the basil, salt, and pepper. Assemble ingredients on a plate and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil to serve. *There are many wonderful varieties of heirloom tomatoes available at farmers markets in August. Consider using Mr. Stripey, Cherokee Purple, or other heirloom tomatoes fo…

Dine out for Growing Minds!

…rogram. On Thursday, September 24, Posana will once again provide a 100 percent local menu with proceeds benefiting the Growing Minds Farm to School program. When asked why he supports Growing Minds, Posana owner Peter Pollay replies, “Understanding where your food comes from is very important for anyone, but especially young children, to know. I give to the Growing Minds program because I think every child should be provided with local food and f…

Growing Minds Day by Day: Week of June 29

…ren can use markers to decorate the outside of their caterpillar or draw faces and legs. Once they’ve been decorated, fill with soil and let each child plant three seeds in their caterpillar. Caterpillars should be placed in a sunny window. Children can tend their planters by watering regularly to keep the soil moist. After the seeds have sprouted, designate a special “caterpillar spot” in the garden and have children transplant their seedlings. B…

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….

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