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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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Gardening

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

Each quarter, ASAP’s Growing Minds co-hosts a school garden meeting with an area school. The winter meeting was held at Hall Fletcher Elementary, a school with an active garden program. Despite it being the middle of December there was still a lot to see and learn.

A collection of international poems, highlighting various topics from Grandpa’s Garden to A Potato’s Valentine to The Emperor’s Greenhouse.

Filled with tons of ideas from outdoor crafts to details about easy plants to grow, this project filled book is a fantastic resource for teachers and parents trying to get their kids excited about the garden.

This guide is meant to help communities or schools get started with a garden, from fundraising and having an initial meeting, to breaking ground and activities involving youth. The case studies of school and community gardens around the United States show how connecting children to the earth is so important for their education.

Have you ever been interested in starting a garden but felt too overwhelmed to do so?  Perhaps you felt like you didn’t have the right knowledge, skills, or enough time to do so. Well, prepare to leave those excuses behind!  This book offers 43 different gardening projects and activities that are perfect for people who are just discovering their green thumbs.  Ellen Zachos gives her readers plenty of ideas and suggestions for finding the right gardening technique for any individual, whether it be container gardening, or making the perfect garden space for your feline friend!  And don’t forget to check […]

Eddie decides he wants a garden and gets to work, with just a bit of help from him mom and younger sister. He learns about all of the elements that help his garden to grow!

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.
 
 

Thomas Jefferson loved to grow peas, and every year hosted a contest to see who could bring the first peas to the table. Maya’s class decides to hold the same contest, and Maya has a few secrets up her sleeve that she hopes will help her win. Will her plants be the first ones in the class to produce peas?

In the eleventh volume of Foxfire, teachers, students, and other Appalachian community members continue to spread their stories to remind people that simple living still exists.  This book includes many articles that teach us creative ways to become self-sufficient, make natural homemade remedies, take part in home crafts, and cook delicious, southern meals.  Anyone interested in rediscovering the advantages of living a simple life will enjoy this read!