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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 resource is filled with developmentally appropriate activities for pre- Kindergarten to 2nd grade children that can be incorporated as a unit on plants and seeds in a classroom’s curriculum.

This curriculum was developed by the George Watts Montesorri in Durham, NC for lower elementary school students. The lessons are relevant to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and allow students to learn where food comes from and become hands on in the garden.

Kaboom!  is the story of Darrell Hammond, who saw a problem and decided to fix it.  The problem Hammond saw was the lack of outdoor play children were doing, so he set up a nonprofit that revitalizes old playgrounds and creates new ones to help reestablish play in children.

Sixteen chapters of written experts from professional and development experts that make the connection between science and literacy.  It also has case studies that actually shows how teachers made the connections in their classrooms.

This book brings insights and strategies through a typical day in a classroom.  It shows how the teacher uses inquiry with his students to help expand literacy and their vocabulary.

In this book you will find a wealthy of information on folklore, history, and plant knowledge.  It also contains recipes that are delicious to use the wild food which you find.

Do you want to start or help create a food education program in your community?  If you answered yes, then this book is a perfect choice for you!  It provides a road map for developing a food education program and how to make children excited about healthy eating.

From molecules and plant cells to the human digestive system, this book contains 111 coloring plates that are an effective learning method for uncovering concepts and structures of a range of biology. This is not a typical “coloring book” and would better be termed a coloring “workbook.”

Learn how to create a garden on your balcony or patio with container gardening. Organized by different vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers, McGee and Stuckey have written a manual with all the best advice for growing a large variety of edible plants within a confined space.

This book will help you save some Green in your garden! With 400 thrifty tips for saving money, time, and resources, you’re sure to find useful advice for starting or maintaining your own garden.