Among those at the Golden Radish Awards ceremony were (l-r) Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black; Joseph Reynolds of Georgia Organics; Dr. J. Patrick O’Neal, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health; Emily Halin, executive director of the Cobb County School District Food and Nutrition Services Department; Dr. Laura Perry Johnson, Associate Dean for UGA Extension; Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods and Amy Jacobs, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Courtesy of Cobb County School District

Cobb honored for farm-to-school excellence

The Cobb County School District once again won Gold recognition at the 2018 Golden Radish Awards.

Held at the Georgia Freight Depot, the Golden Radish Award ceremony 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 the curriculum.

CCSD received kudos for the following work:

  • The district consistently serves more than 1 million pounds of locally grown produce per year.
  • The Cobb County Farm Bureau collaborates with educators to lead farm-to-school activities in the district. Also, last year, beekeepers from Hometown Honey visited King Springs Elementary to teach students about honey.
  • Students used school garden-grown produce for hands-on cooking activities, including making pepper jelly, herbed biscuits, school garden pizzas and meals for STEM night.

CCSD was one of 84 Georgia school districts recognized at the awards.

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