PSD hon­ored for Farm to School Ex­cel­lence at 2018 Golden Radish Awards

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Polk School District won sil­ver level recog­ni­tion at the 2018 Golden Radish Awards held at the Ge­or­gia Freight De­pot. 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 gar­den­ing and cook­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in cur­ricu­lum.

Dr. Linda Hol­land, the PSD School Nutri­tion Di­rec­tor, said that she was joined at the cer­e­mony by Greg Teems, Jeff Hawkins, Sue Cuz­zort and Glynn Robin­son for the cer­e­mony.

“Also, Polk School District has met the 20/20 Vi­sion serv­ing 20 per­cent of our meals com­ing from Ge­or­gia grown sources,” she added.

Polk School District re­ceived ku­dos for their work:

Polk County Schools and Polk County Farm Bureau ex­panded the district’s STEM ini­tia­tives to in­clude art (STEAM). Farm to school themed es­say and art con­tests were pop­u­lar with high school and mid­dle school stu­dents.

School staff vis­ited Lovells Farms to learn about farm to school, farm equip­ment, and farm pro­duc­tion through hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties.

Polk stu­dents tastetested fresh pro­duce from the school gar­dens. Stu­dent fa­vorites, such as fresh kale and steamed spinach, were sourced from lo­cal farm­ers and added to the lunch menu.

Polk School District was one of 84 Ge­or­gia School Dis­tricts rec­og­nized at the awards. Col­lec­tively, these dis­tricts served more than 1.3 mil­lion stu­dents a whop­ping 109 mil­lion school meals with lo­cally grown food items dur­ing the 2017-18 school year!

This year, the Golden Radish part­ners (Ge­or­gia Or­gan­ics, Ge­or­gia’s De­part­ments of Agri­cul­ture (GDA), Ed­u­ca­tion (GaDOE) and Pub­lic Health (GDPH), the Depart­ment of Early Care and Learn­ing (DE­CAL) and Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion (UGA Ex­ten­sion) awarded 17 new school dis­tricts and inau­gu­rated five new Farm to School In­no­va­tion awards.

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