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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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Sweet Potatoes

From the book, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, by Dianne de Las Casas, this recipe incorporates local sweet potatoes into a sweet and savory pie.

Introduce students to potatoes and how they grow. Teach students about measurement and guide them practicing close observation through potato explorations.

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A delicious recipe for sweet potato fritters. The associated lesson plan includes instructions for making your own sweet potato slips.

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It’s been a dry summer on the farm and money is tight. A family needs $75 quick, or the bank will take the farm away!  Luckily, Mama has a great recipe for sweet potato pie, and the Harvest Celebration is coming up the next day. Will they be able to make enough pies in time?

Children use their sense to explore sweet potatoes and gain confidence in trying new vegetables. Students learn to identify a new vegetable. Students associate vegetables and fruits with a dynamic activity and positive experience.

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After weeks of hard work and tending to her garden, it was finally time for Ma Farmer to harvest her sweet potato and make some sweet potato pie; but when she tried to pull the tasty vegetable from the ground, it wouldn’t budge. With the help of her husband and some friendly farm animals, they finally pull a gigantic sweet potato from the ground and then all enjoy the sweet potato pie Ma Farmer prepares.  This story teaches the importance of team work, patience, and eating healthy, local food!

Students at Cullowhee Valley Elementary School enjoy a taste test of local sweet potatoes with help from Western Carolina University pre-service teachers and dietitians through ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program!
Education and Nutrition Teachers: Use this video as a training tool for cafeteria taste tests!

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