ASHEVILLE NC – With the school year coming to a close, ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program is looking ahead to summer programming, specifically their Growing Minds @ Market farmers market activity series. The summer series, formerly known as Kids Corner Market, will once again take place Saturdays, June-August, at Asheville City Market Downtown. This summer, the series also extends to North Asheville Tailgate Market and West Asheville Tailgate Market thanks to support from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. With this funding, ASAP has awarded both tailgates $700 to implement Growing Minds @ Market.
Growing Minds @ Market is a space at a farmers market set aside for children and families so that children can engage in fun projects focused on local food and farms. In other words, it’s ASAP’s Growing Minds program at tailgates instead of schools. Activities include fresh local food tastings, local food and farm-based art crafts, and physical activities and games. ASAP has offered the series at Asheville City Market with the help of other community organizations since 2009. “We’ve seen first-hand how the programming not only brings families to a market and helps children connect with the source of their food, but also helps a market successfully engage with the community and a wide variety of community partners,” says ASAP’s Growing Minds Director Emily Jackson.
Activities slated for June at Asheville City Market include a garden story reading and activity with Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, hula hooping with Hooping Hearts, edible plant parts education with the Girl Scouts, a collage craft with Rainbow in My Tummy, and more. For a complete schedule of Growing Minds @ Market activities at Asheville City Market, and to learn more about the programming, visit growing-minds.org. Organizations interested in participating at Asheville City Market should email [email protected]. To learn more about activities scheduled or to participate as a group at the West and/or North Asheville markets, contact the markets directly.
ABOUT ASAP (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. Growing Minds, ASAP’s Farm to School program, connects farms and schools to give children positive experiences with fresh, healthy local foods. Experiences include farm field trips, nutrition education, school gardens, and local food in cafeterias.
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving eighteen counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitates more than $8 million in charitable giving annually. CFWNC inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina. More information can be found at cfwnc.org.