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Seven-year-old Alicia and her parents are enjoying the annual festival celebrating Mexico’s independence. There are mariachis strolling across the festival grounds, folkloric dancers twirling in their colorful costumes and brightly colored booths lining the plaza.
But the hot day has fruit juice: there’s watermelon, strawberry, mango and even papaya. The watermelon juice is so delicious that Alicia drinks it all. “Mami, this tastes better than that red soda I drink after soccer practice. Can we make some of these at home?” Soon, Alicia is perfecting her own recipe and sharing it with her teammates after soccer practices and games.
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Written in both Spanish and English, this book is an outstanding introduction to apple production for young readers. The story follows a young apple grower from the farm to the market and ties in with math and science education. A great book for the classroom!

Carlos’s mother warns Carlos to take a bath each evening after a long day of gardening. See what happens day after day as Carlos refuses to was the dirt from his body, specifically from inside his ears. Printed in both English and Spanish, this story offers an inside look to Hispanic heritage.

Esta receta sencilla utiliza verduras locales y manzanas locales. Añadir el tocino para más sabor. Es de la panadería “Mad Batter” y el café de Cullowhee en carolina del norte.

Ten ants find that a cucumber has fallen and blocked the entrance to their home. The ants are strong, but the cucumber is too heavy for them to move alone. Find out what other garden critters come to the rescue! Do you see any of these insects in your garden? Don’t forget to try the recipe!
Cucumber Soup is featured in these K-2 Growing Minds lesson plans: Cucumber Stacks and Insect Exploration. Note: this book is out of print, but is available to check out from our farm to school lending library. You can also watch a read aloud by Growing Minds staff here. 

In this rhythmic story, told in both English and Spanish, learn the steps and ingredients to make Abuela’s pumpkin empanadas. Don’t worry, the recipe is included!

Esta receta sencilla no necesita a cocinar aunque los sabores son mejores si se deja reposar por una hora o dos.

Esta receta combinan las manzanas locales y el repollo local. Es perfecta para la clase y no se necesita una estufa o un horno.

A vibrant alphabet book written in Spanish poems, with English translations that honors pride, family, and friends, history and heritage, and the bounty of the harvest. 

How do you grow vegetable soup? In this simple but delightful story we learn the process, from seed to soup pot. Bold, bright illustrations enhance the excitement of the gardening cycle, and beautifully display each step of the journey. This book is also available in Spanish.