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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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Lesson Plan

Children learn about a variety of cooking tools including plastic knives, measuring spoons and cups, whisks and mixing spoons. Through a fun, dynamic learning environment children explore how to use the tools successfully.

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

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

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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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Students learn about communication by exploring honey bees and comparing them to other insects and animals.

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