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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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A boy plants a circle of sunflower seeds in the spring and up grows a sunflower house!  All summer long he plays in it with his friends, until one day the leaves start to turn brown and the sunflowers droop. Is it the end of the sunflower house forever?

Sal’s father is always telling her to “think big,” and that’s not hard for her to do, considering that she’s taller than all the other women in her family. Being big has its advantages, but Sal is sad that she’s not good at fine work, like quilting. One summer, she thinks big and makes a giant quilt of her own out of sunflowers!

A boy from an unusual family has a unique gift: when the moon is full he sprouts flowers out the top of his head!

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.

Follow Andrew as he copes with a challenging decision. Read about how he follows his heart and love for flowers to make the world a prettier place.

A history of bees, how they make honey, and how we harvest and use that honey.

About moonflowers, their pollinators, and what happens around them. A mix of fiction/nonfiction. Peter Loewer lives in Asheville.

A year in words and watercolors.

A beautifully illustrated rhyming story that describes different kinds of flowers and seeds and what they grow up to become.

In autumn, the wind blows a tiny seed off of a flower, and the seed embarks on a long journey. Avoiding the hot sun and deep ocean, the tiny seed lands on the ground and grows into an enormous flower. Eventually, it sends its own seeds away. Eric Carle’s magnificent collages and inspiring message of perseverance teach a valuable lesson about the life of a seed.