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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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Meet Your Farmer

Join Jacob and his sister Sadie for a tour of their family’s alpaca farm in Western North Carolina. Meet the adorable alpacas that call this farm home and hear about the farm chores that Jacob and Sadie help out with. Visit the farm’s website to learn more about Last Penny Farm Alpacas, and find Growing Minds lesson plans that compliment this video below. Watch our Meet Your Farmer interview with Jacob and Sadie’s mom, Erin, here. 
Lesson Plans & Resources:

Farm Animals lesson plan (K-2)
Seasons on a Farm lesson plan (K-2)
Thanksgiving for Farmers lesson plan (K-2)
Farm Animals Day by Day resource list

Meet Chris and Cullen Owen, farmers at Spinning Spider Creamery, an artisan goat dairy in Marshall, NC. Learn about why the Owen’s chose to become farmers, find out what they love most about farming, and learn about the cheese making process. Learn more about Spinning Spider Creamery. Find Growing Minds educational resources that compliment this video below.
Lesson Plans & Resources:

Farm Animals lesson plan (K-2)
Seasons on a Farm lesson plan (K-2)
Thanksgiving for Farmers lesson plan (K-2)
Butter Investigation lesson plan (3-5)
Bacteria for Breakfast lesson plan (3-5)
Farm Animals Day by Day resource list
Goats Day by Day resource list