We were delighted to attend the Golden Radish Awards ceremony yesterday held at the Georgia State Capitol. The Golden Radish Awards are an annual event put on by Georgia Organics to celebrate school districts for their farm to school accomplishments. Schools around the state are working on local food procurement, hosting taste tests in the classroom and cafeteria, and gardening and cooking with students to fulfill curriculum standards. These schools were presented a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Honorary Radish yesterday by the State School Superintendent Richard Woods, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, and Georgia Organics Board Chair Mandy Mahoney. It was a day to honor those who not only put their whole heart into educating our youth on a daily basis, but also realize the importance of incorporating experiential learning focused on food into classrooms and cafeterias.
Congratulations to all of the school districts that were recognized, especially those that Northeast Georgia Farm to School serves. Gold recipients included: Habersham County, Jackson County, Commerce City, and Clarke County. Bronze recipients included: Barrow County, Forsyth County, Madison County, Rabun County, and White County. Gainesville City received the Honorary award, which is given to school districts just getting started with farm to school initiatives.
After the award ceremony, attendees enjoyed a fresh meal inspired by recipes used in Georgia school cafeterias. Baked chicken, roasted butternut squash, kale and apple salad, carrot salad, greek style green beans, wheat rolls, and an apple crisp were served. I think all of us would like to add those recipes to our personal collections.