Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Public Health, Education and Georgia Organics came together under the prestigious Gold Dome for the annual Golden Radish Awards to celebrate incredible gains made in the farm to school movement. 53 school districts—nearly one-third of all public school districts in Georgia with a reach of over 1 million students—are now participating in farm to school programs and recognized through the Golden Radish Awards.
Treutlen County Schools was recognized with the Golden Radish Award at the Silver level for their accomplishments during the 2015-2016 school year, which include:
Locally grown items were featured on the school menu 22 times, including tomatoes and cucumbers from school gardens.
Students participated in six hands-on cooking and food activities primarily using food grown in the school garden. Students picked blueberries, kale, carrots, and tomatoes for smoothies, salads, and raw tastings.
Teachers integrated farm to school into curriculum lessons 20 times. Kindergarten and first grade used the garden for various science and math lessons while fourth graders learned about composting.
The Golden Radish Award publicly recognizes school districts for all aspects of farm to school, from local food procurement to hosting taste tests to gardening with students, and is awarded at Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorary Levels. Districts were evaluated on their work in ten different activities of farm to school.