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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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This is a report that analyzes different aspects of farm to school and breaks it down into five different sections.

This guide is meant to help communities or schools get started with a garden, from fundraising and having an initial meeting, to breaking ground and activities involving youth. The case studies of school and community gardens around the United States show how connecting children to the earth is so important for their education.

Designed to get children out of their traditional indoor environment, Naturalist Intelligence is a curriculum that focuses on having students build observation, collection, analysis, and communication skills to become scientists within their school playground.

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 local Vermont guide is filled with great information on different food benefit programs like WIC as well as tips like preserving food and recipes for families on a budget.

Designed for k-2 students, this activity guidebook has 30 great activities to teach patterns and with them the basics of important thinking and reasoning skills.

Published by Teachers College Columbia University, this curriculum features an inquiry-based science and nutrition program where students learn science through studying the food system. The curriculum is divided into six units: Becoming Food Scientists, Interacting Parts, Food Processing, Environmental Effects, Waste, and Making Choices.

At the Farmers’ Market with Kids profiles the fruits and vegetables available at most farmers’ markets, explaining how to tell which ones are ripe and how to store them. With age-specific tips that cater to children of all ages, plus 65 nutritious and kid-pleasing recipes to put your farmers’ market spoils to use, this cookbook makes it easy for everyone in the family to eat healthfully and live well.

More than a cookbook, this book is a guide to celebrating festivals through stories, songs, recipes, games, crafts and poems. This guide could lead to new seasonal traditions in a home or classroom.

Filled with 420 recipes and information on more than 50 vegetables and herbs, this CSA designed resource promotes consuming fresh, local and sustainable foods.