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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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City Life

A girl bands together with her community to plant a garden on a vacant lot.

On a cold, snowy day nothing warms the soul quite like a big bowl of soup! In a diverse, urban neighborhood everyone shares a favorite soup from their cultural background. This book contains seven different soup recipes.

Each page of this book is an evolving image that follows Tracy’s view from her window from her birth to her adulthood, Over the years her urban neighborhood evolves from a few abandoned lots to a lush, green oasis.

The search for something beautiful can be difficult in a city where trash clutters the street and  graffiti splatters the doors, but that won’t stop this curious child from taking a closer look at the world around her.

Joe lives in a very grey world but he dreams of a world with plants taller than skyscrapers, a world “full of beauty, colour, scent and song.” Find out how Joe’s world goes from ordinary to EXTRAORDINARY! 

An intriguing, illustrating story told through a series of correspondence written by a girl who loves gardening. Lydia Grace writes to her family in the country after she is sent to live with her Uncle in the city during the Depression.

In a Brooklyn neighborhood thousands of bees are at work collecting nectar and making honey. This book shows that honey can be made even in the most unlikely places!  It provides an introduction to how bees are raised and honey is collected.

A down-to-earth look at growing food in the city. The book includes colorful photographs of all types of urban gardens.