The Golden Radish Awards
The Golden Radish Award is given to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in Georgia who are doing extraordinary work in farm to school. The Award is presented by the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, The Georgia Department of Public Health, the UGA Cooperative Extension, and Georgia Organics. Winning LEAs are recognized by the leaders of these five groups every October.
LEAs are recognized at five levels. Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Radishes are awarded to recognize LEAs with varying levels of farm to school programs. Honorary Radishes are awarded to programs that are just getting started and satisfy at least 1 criterion within the Bronze level or higher. LEAs that satisfy the Gold level for all ten criteria are awarded a Platinum Radish. An additional award, the Outstanding Award, is given to the district/LEA with the outstanding farm to school program.
Additionally, each Golden Radish Award partner organization recognizes and celebrates particular aspects of farm to school success through Farm to School Innovation Best Practice Awards:
- Georgia Organics recognizes a school district that is working with sustainable and/or Certified Organic farms through procurement and/or education with the Organic Radish Award.
- The Georgia Department of Education presents an Award to a Georgia farmer working with school districts.
- The Georgia Department of Public Health presents an Award for Innovation in Farm to School Partnerships.
- The Georgia Department of Agriculture presents a Georgia Grown Award to an educator.
- The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension presents an Award for school garden best practices.