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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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Over the years the US presidents have enjoyed the south lawn of the White House in a variety of ways. When Barack Obama became president, First Lady Michelle Obama decided to plant a kitchen garden on the lawn! With the help of some local school children the south lawn was transformed into an edible garden.

Students learn the numbers one through twelve in this counting book featuring produce from a family’s vegetable garden.

An up close look at fruits and vegetables of all colors!

More than 50 teachers (including Head Start!), administrators, and cafeteria staff got to see first-hand where their food comes from and were inspired with fun activities and field trips they could implement in the classroom.

After a summer of tending the garden it is time to harvest the delicious rewards of all that hard work.

This book traces the origins of common foods like bread, cheese, apple juice, and chocolate chip cookies from the farm to the factory to the lunchbox. Brightly colored illustrations depict every stop along the way.

This book describes the process of growing grapes and drying them in the sun until they are raisins. Each page includes factual information about making raisins, as well as rhyming prose.

Introduce students to new fruits and vegetables.


This book features a photographic exploration of children around the world and what they eat and cook. It includes several recipes in the back for sweet treats from each continent.

Oliver’s Auntie Jen wants to make him a delicious milkshake, and that starts with a trip to the farm! Together they gather the ingredients for a delicious fruity, frothy milkshake.