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March

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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By Chef Adam Hayes from the Red Stag Grill

PrintGlen Arden “super” kale ravioli with queso blanco

IngredientsQueso Blanco
1/2 gallon of whole milk
1/8 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar

Kale “super” pasta
4 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
about 3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup local kale puree
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Welcome to “Growing Minds Day by Day”, a compilation of educational resources for use by parents, caregivers and educators during the COVID-19 quarantine (and beyond!). Each week, the Growing Minds team will select a theme related to food, gardens, or nature, and share thematic recommendations for children’s literature, activities, recipes, and online resources. 

March is a time for change and renewal, winter turns into spring, and everything awakens from its deep slumber. In this book you will find an overview of things that historically happened in March, and things that still occur during this month.

This simple sauté takes advantage of local greens and local apples. Add local bacon for extra flavor! This recipe is from the Mad Batter Bakery and Café of Cullowhee, NC.

This lesson plan has step by step instructions for cooking in the classroom and features literature and curriculum connections.

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This recipe is easy to scale up or down, making it a great choice for school taste tests.

This kid-friendly recipe is classroom-friendly, too! It does not require heat or special equipment and students of all ages will enjoy creating and dipping their lettuce wraps.

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These simple local lettuce wraps are a fun, no-cook item for children of all ages!