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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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Garden

Dinner from Dirt provides the basic steps to teach children how to garden and what to plant.  Then it keeps on developing the idea of what we garden into what we eat, by providing recipes.  Dinner from Dirt shows children that if there is something they really like to eat, pizza or stir fry, they can create a special garden to grow ingredients for their favorite food.

This delicious salsa utilizes a variety of local ingredients when they are at their prime!

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In Grow Lab, teachers are shown ways in which to use nature in their everyday lesson plans.

Young Lupe loves helping her mother with their salsa garden full of tomatoes, chile peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro. But one summer day, she sees that the biggest, juiciest tomatoes have disappeared! Who could have taken them?!?
Including easy-to-make recipes, this bilingual picture book for children ages 4-8 will have them clamoring for a garden of their own to plant and harvest. Along the way, young readers and the adults in their lives too will learn that coming together as a community will enable them to harvest more than just vegetables.

This book offers projects for each season.  From creating your own vegetable patch to playing games each activity is easy to follow with its step by step process.  This book will definitely get kids excited about going outdoors!

Do you want to start or help create a food education program in your community?  If you answered yes, then this book is a perfect choice for you!  It provides a road map for developing a food education program and how to make children excited about healthy eating.

Miss Davis’ 2012 1st grade class designs a school garden! They plant flowers and vegetables that grow all summer long with the help of teachers and community members, and are then harvested by students during the fall months.

Growing a garden from seeds takes time, but while you dream of the fruits and vegetables to come, the seeds are working hard to grow big and strong.

Use your imagination as you turn into a snail, exploring a huge garden full of wonderful vegetables, and other mysterious sights.