Fayette Schools wins “platinum” radish in farm-to-table program

Fayette Schools to be recognized for emphasizing fruits and vegetables in district diet.
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Fayette Schools to be recognized for emphasizing fruits and vegetables in district diet.

UPDATE: Georgia Organics said Tuesday that Fayette Schools also received the Outstanding Extension Farm to School award from the University of Georgia Extension Cooperative.

ORIGINAL STORY: Fayette County Schools on Tuesday is expected to receive Georgia's top award for districts that effectively use farm-to-table produce in school menus -- the Golden Radish platinum award.

The south metro school system is one of 22 districts throughout Georgia that have achieved the platinum level in the state’s Farm to School program. The program recognizes efforts to use fresh produce in school cafeterias as well as the promotion of the benefits of a diet of fruits and vegetables.

Awards are given in the bronze, silver, gold and platinum categories, with platinum being the top honor. About 90 state school systems will received a Golden Radish this year.

Fayette County Schools earned a bronze award in 2015 and a silver in 2016. It took gold in 2017 and 2018. The 2019 platinum Golden Radish will be its first at that level.

Kokeeta Wilder, director of the Fayette County Public Schools nutrition program, will accept the award on  the district’s behalf at the annual Golden Radish Farm to School Awards on Tuesday at Mercedes Benz Stadium.