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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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Introduce students to the systems farmers use to sell the vegetables and fruits (apples!) they grow. Set up a “farmers market” in the classroom where students will sort, sell, and buy apples.


Students will learn which animals live on a farm and discover their purpose to a farmer and a community.


Students become familiar with “My Plate”, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrition program and teaching tool. Through an exploration of whole foods, they develop an understanding of good nutrition and well-balanced meals.


  • My Plate Lesson Set (quick view as .pdf)
  • My Plate Materials (.zip) Includes: Lesson plan, blank and completed “Food Groups: Compare and Contrast” info sheet, copy of food pictures, blank "My Plate" coloring pages

Watch as Lucy and Mamie bring a little spring into Mamie’s house during the cold winter months. Together they grow a paperwhite bulb.

Students will learn about seasonal weather patterns and their effects on local farms and gardens. Use qualitative and quantitative measurements to describe weather.