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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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Lexi and Jason Williams take center stage at school when Principal Gordon enlists their help to establish a school garden at Beacon Academy. The kids are thrilled to be selected as Green Ambassadors for this important project, but quickly learn how challenging it can be to work with others toward a common goal.

When Beatrice’s family receives a goat, she discovers the many gifts that come along with it including the opportunity to go to school.

In this silly children’s book, Charley Hoce captures the attention of young readers by providing them with clever and rhyming poems about farm life.  Children will get a kick out of the chicken (that isn’t so chicken) and the counting sheep (that really can’t count past two) while also getting some good language skills practice.

When a young girl moves to her new home far away from the sea, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of nature and art. An American Indian Youth Literature Honor Title by Cree-Métis author and illustrator Julie Flett.

It’s Saturday morning and Iris is expecting a visit from her Aunt Mary, who she likes to call “Plant Mary” because she’s a plant scientist.  Today Aunt Mary wants to experiment with making whole wheat sourdough bread from scratch! As the family kitchen transforms into a bread lab, Iris is surprised that bread needs only four ingredients―flour, water, salt and starter. She also learns about the invisible microbes that make the dough rise, and how flour comes from wheat grown by farmers. It all seems magical, but it’s really science.
The endnotes include bread facts and a recipe for whole wheat […]

This book takes readers on one family’s journey of collecting fruits and vegetables from the woods, orchards, and garden all year long. Along the way, the family works together to put up applesauce, apple butter, apple cider, and other delicious treats for the winter. You’ll find recipes in the back.

Carlos’s mother warns Carlos to take a bath each evening after a long day of gardening. See what happens day after day as Carlos refuses to was the dirt from his body, specifically from inside his ears. Printed in both English and Spanish, this story offers an inside look to Hispanic heritage.

Chef Roy Choi calls himself a “street cook.” He wants outsiders, low-riders, kids, teens, shufflers and skateboarders, to have food cooked with care, with love, with sohn maash.
“Sohn maash” is the flavors in our fingertips. It is the love and cooking talent that Korean mothers and grandmothers mix into their handmade foods. For Chef Roy Choi, food means love. It also means culture, not only of Korea where he was born, but the many cultures that make up the streets of Los Angeles, where he was raised. So remixing food from the streets, just like good music—and serving it up from a truck—is true […]

No one can tell a story quite like Bidemmi. When she starts to draw, her imagination takes off. Enter her world, look at her pictures, and watch her stories grow and grow—just like the forest of cherry trees she imagines right on her own block.

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