Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools have once again been
awarded a Golden Radish Award at the Gold level for the district’s Farm to
School efforts. The Golden Radish Award publicly recognizes Georgia
school districts for best practices in farm to school programs, such as local
food procurement, exposing students to new foods through taste tests and
incorporating cooking and gardening activities in curriculum.
Some of the District’s best practices cited by evaluators
in determining the award include:
The District celebrated October Farm to School
Month and Kickin’ it with Kale by serving locally grown kale purchased from
Sunrise Produce in a kale apple salad.
At May Howard Elementary, social studies
teachers grew peanuts with the students as part of history lessons on Georgia
crops and food production.
During social studies lessons, elementary
students studied the topographical features of Georgia such as soil types and
features unique to the state that influence plant growth.
Georgia is a leader in school nutrition. 90 of Georgia’s
181 school districts were recognized at either the Platinum, Gold, Silver,
Bronze or Honorary level in the Golden Radish Awards program this year.