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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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Students will explore the garden and will practice garden rules. They will learn to observe and look closely in the garden by beginning to recognize and appreciate different colors.


Students learn to identify new fruits and vegetables. Students associate vegetables and fruits with a positive experience making a fun art project.


Children learn how to make their own snack and through a hands on cooking experience gain motivation to try a new vegetable. Children learn about kitchen utensils and how to use them to make a specific recipe.


This program quality assessment instrument can be utilized for self-assessment and quality improvement in classrooms with children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old. It includes sections giving detailed rationale for what is being scored as well as instructions for using the score sheets.

This twenty-four lesson nutrition curriculum for preschoolers emphasizes six specific colorful vegetables to promote healthier eating at home and school. Early chapters also provide a resource for educators to develop a school plot or container garden as well as details on how to get families involved.

Preschooler enjoying a snack

Farm to school activities are the perfect fit for preschools and childcare centers. Check out our resources for this age group!

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.


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.


This curriculum was developed by the National Gardening Association (NGA) for early childhood educators to use plants as a teaching tool. Through inquiry-based discovery children can learn all about plants and get excited about nature.