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Commerce City Schools Receives Golden Radish Award for Farm to School Accomplishments

posted Oct 25, 2016, 5:41 AM by Tobie Jones   [ updated Jul 13, 2017, 12:11 PM by Andrew Smalley ]
ATLANTA, October 24, 2016
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. 
Commerce City Schools was recognized with the Golden Radish Award at the Bronze level for their accomplishments during the 2015-2016 school year, which include:
  • Locally grown food was served 36 days, including collard greens, sweet potatoes, and lettuce from Pressley Farms, kale and mixed greens from The Veggie Patch, and peaches from Jaemor Farms.
  • Commerce High School students set up a Taste Test tent for five consecutive days in the cafeteria. Students were able to taste a variety of locally grown produce and products during lunch, including Georgia peanuts for Farm to School Day.
  • Thirty-four farm to school standards-based lessons were taught throughout the year. The School Nutrition Department collaborated with high school Agriculture and Consumer Science students to teach nutrition and agriculture lessons to elementary and primary school students. 
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.