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Commerce City Schools Honored for Farm to School Achievements

posted Oct 15, 2015, 4:50 AM by Tobie Jones   [ updated Apr 21, 2016, 6:47 AM by Andrew Smalley ]
Commerce City Schools was recognized with the Golden Radish Award, a prestigious state-wide farm to school distinction which acknowledges the outstanding leadership of school representatives building comprehensive farm to school programs.

The school district was recognized for its efforts to educate students on nutrition and agriculture by State School Superintendent Richard Woods, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, and Georgia Organics Board Chair Mandy Mahoney.

Commerce City Schools was recognized at the Gold level for their accomplishments during the last school year, which include:

●       Locally grown food items were served in the cafeteria 45 times in the 2014-15 school year.

●       Students participated in 18 taste tests of fresh, local food items, including taste tests in the garden directly after harvesting produce, in the classroom, and in the cafeteria.

●       20 hands-on cooking and food activities were conducted, including first grade students picking herbs and tomatoes from the school garden and making pizza from their harvest.

School districts across Georgia are using farm to school programs to teach core curriculum, support their local economies, fight obesity and other preventable, food-related diseases, and increase the amount of local food they serve to their students. 
The 2015 Golden Radish Award recognizes school districts for all aspects of farm to school during the 2014-2015 school year—from local food procurement to hosting taste tests to gardening with students—and is awarded at Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorary Levels to districts with varying levels of farm to school programs.

Pictured left to right are Commerce Middle School Cafeteria Manager Sandi Richey, State School Superintendent Richard Woods, Commerce High School Cafeteria Manager Aranda Nunn, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commerce Primary Cafeteria Manager Penny Dyer, Georgia Organics Board Chair Mandy Mahoney, Commerce City Schools Nutrition Director Susan Harvin, and Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black at the Golden Radish Award Ceremony