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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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Learn fun facts about all kinds of farm animals from sheep and goats, to chickens and cows.

Children gain knowledge and interest in new fruits and vegetables through making an alphabet boarder for the classroom. Students learn to identify new fruits and vegetables. Students work together to complete a class project.


Follow the life of an apple throughout the year, demonstrating the cyclical patterns in nature.

Children use their sense to explore apples and gain confidence in trying new fruits.


Bake a Crazy Caterpillar

First make milk paint by dividing a can of sweetened condensed milk among four containers. Use food coloring to tint the contents of the containers different colors. Add clean paint brushes to each one. 
On a foil-lined baking sheet, arrange refrigerated biscuits in the shape of a caterpillar body. Leave one biscuit for the head. To this biscuit, add two raisins for eyes, two pretzel sticks for the antennae, and paint on a mouth.
Have your child(ren) paint the biscuits. When finished, break pretzel sticks in half and poke two pieces into each biscuit for legs.
Bake the biscuits as […]

Children will learn about different types of fresh berries and practice their listening skills to follow instructions and make their own individual snack.


Desmond the field mouse wants to carve the biggest jack-o’-lantern in the neighborhood with his pumpkin. Clayton the house mouse wants to win the Biggest Pumpkin contest with his. But when they discover that their choice pumpkins are actually the same one, Desmond and Clayton decide to work together to grow the biggest pumpkin ever!

.Good eating habits and a love of learning both start early, and what better way to instill both in children than with a garden?  Gardening with preschoolers not only engages children in hands-on learning, but begins to build positive experiences with healthy food.  This is why school gardens are a key component of effective Farm to School programs.  Farm to School can include local food included in school meals, farm field trips, school gardens and cooking local food, but the goal is to rebuild connections between children and the food they eat.  Proving positive social reinforcement for healthy eating, Farm […]


Children gain confidence in trying new foods and become familiar with a new vegetable. Through a hands-on activity, children explore a new vegetable and taste two varieties of cabbage.