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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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Gardens

Students will explore the garden and will practice garden rules. They will learn to observe and look closely in the garden by beginning to recognize and appreciate different colors.

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Students will learn the difference between edible and non-edible and understand how these concepts connect to a garden and the objects and properties of a garden. Through a visit to the garden and by utilizing charts and discussion questions, students will expand their understanding of edible, non-edible, and the garden environment.

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Introduce students to roots and the ways they function. Talk with students about the 5 “Ws” (who, what, when, where, and why) and teach them as a guide for creating a poem.

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Students will make observations and build an understanding of the properties of common objects in the garden. They will share information about what is in the garden by describing the objects through illustration and descriptive writing.

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Introduce students to the insects and other creatures they will find in the garden and their characteristics.

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Students learn about the benefits of soil amendments and spend time recording their garden observations.

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Students learn what people need to create a successful a garden and what plants need to thrive. Through a hands-on activity, students learn about mapping and construct a “bird’s-eye-view” picture of a garden bed. Through a reflection process, students work together to make group decisions in planning a classroom garden.

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Students will review characteristics of mature produce and learn how to harvest different types of fruits vegetables. As a class, students will make harvesting calendars and apply their harvesting skills in the garden.

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The class will plan, plant, and grow a garden based on a piece of children’s literature.

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Students will learn to identify plants in the garden and work together to make garden signs.

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