Fulton County School Nutrition Program receives 2017 Golden Radish Award PLATINUM level Recognition by Georgia Department of Agriculture
Fulton County Schools has received the "Golden Radish" award for its level of commitment to providing fresh, locally grown foods to students.
The Golden Radish Award publicly recognizes school districts for all aspects of farm-to-school, from local food procurement to hosting taste tests and gardening with students. The award is sponsored by Georgia's Departments of Agriculture, Education and Public Health, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Georgia Organics.
Fulton County Schools was recognized at the Platinum level for its accomplishments during the 2016-2017 school year, including:
Serving 4,141,291 meals that included locally grown food.
Promoting local food in the cafeterias by displaying information about the farmers and fun facts to highlight local items during announcements. Cafeteria managers also visit classrooms to show students the local foods, including where they are from and how they are prepared for meal service.
Integrating farm-to-school into standards-based curriculum with lessons on plant life cycles, organic farming, experiential agriculture in school gardens, as well as edible plant part identification.