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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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Preschool

Children will gain familiarity with different types of tomatoes and explore how they taste.
Children become comfortable with tasting new foods in the supportive, positive environment of their preschool. Children learn that many vegetables come in lots of different varieties that all look and taste different.

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Children gain knowledge and interest in new fruits and vegetables through making vegetable crowns. Students learn to identify new fruits and vegetables. Students associate vegetables and fruits with a positive experience making a fun art project.

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Children will learn that plants need water just like people and animals need water. They will explore dry and wet soil and be able to describe the difference between them. Children will practice testing soil for dampness using their fingers. Children will be introduced to a rain gauge and its purpose.

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Children will recall information about plants and add to their understanding of what plants need to grow. In the garden, children will use pictures (or sample plants) and follow instructions to identify weeds and pull them. Children will work in teams to sort, count, and classify their weeds.

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Students will become familiar with the different things plants need to survive and grow. Children will learn to listen and participate in a group activity while outdoors in the garden through this movement based activity.

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