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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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Get kids talking about the science of food, the five food groups, and what a healthy meal looks like. Answering questions like “Why are so many vegetables green?,” “What’s the difference between brown bread and white bread?,” and “Why do beans make you gassy?,” cheerful haiku poems, and a simple Q&A format make this book a nutritious treat.

This collection of poems takes young readers to a day at an urban farmers’ market. Who to see, what to eat, and how produce is grown—it’s all so exciting, fresh, and delicious. Readers are invited to peruse the stands and inspect vendors’ wares with poems like “Farmer Greg’s Free-Range Eggs,” “Summer Checklist,” and “Necessary Mess.”
Bright and vibrant, this is the perfect guide for little ones to take with them on marketing day to inspire literacy and healthy eating.

Follow a caterpillar’s life cycle alongside these interested and excited school children.

A year in the life of a pumpkin.

Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family,

Illustrated with vibrant photographs, this story explains how food and garden scraps break down into compost. Follow along as a family composts their table scraps (even their old Jack-o-lantern!) in the backyard bin, eventually using the resulting compost to enrich the soil for the spring garden.

At an elementary school in Santa Fe, the bell rings for recess and kids fly out the door to check what’s happening in their garden. As the seasons turn, everyone has a part to play in making the garden flourish. From choosing and planting seeds in the spring to releasing butterflies in the summer to harvesting in the fall to protecting the beds for the winter. Even the wiggling worms have a job to do in the compost pile! On special afternoons and weekends, neighborhood folks gather to help out and savor the bounty (fresh toppings for homemade pizza, anyone?). […]

A vibrant alphabet book written in Spanish poems, with English translations that honors pride, family, and friends, history and heritage, and the bounty of the harvest. 

A detailed guide to food and nutrition, perfect for a young audience.

As soon as spring arrives, Grandma Lena begins growing turnips. After diligent weeding, watering, and care, Grandma Lena finds herself with one big ol’ turnip!