On October 7, the Georgia capitol atrium was bustling. Nearly 150 representatives from 39 Georgia school districts had traveled from all corners of the state—from Savannah-Chatham County Public School System on the coast to the north Georgia mountains’ White County Schools—to receive the prestigious Golden Radish Award.
Georgia Organics’ annual Golden Radish Awards ceremony celebrates and showcases the hard work school leaders are doing to push the margin on innovative gardening, cooking, and nutrition education in schools.
It’s working, too: almost all of the returning districts maintained their work or moved up an award level, and 13 districts participated for the first time. In fact, a representative from a district that received an honorable mention approached me after the ceremony and asked, “How do we move up to bronze next year?”
In a world where the problems are big and bleak, it’s easy
to get consumed by the bad. After all, adult obesity rates in the South are still rising. Up to one-third of greenhouse gas emissions contributing to the climate crisis can be attributed to the industrial food system. Pollinators that ensure one-third of our food grows are in serious trouble, likely due to a common pesticide.
But this past school year, Georgia Organics supported schools in serving 18 million meals with a local food item.
With the support of our 1,100 members (including nearly 200 who donate monthly), we also achieved a few more things of note:
To members and donors: I want to personally thank you for investing in this work—you are helping to transform Georgia. Not a member yet? There are plenty of opportunities to get involved. We just finalized our five-year strategic plan, which nearly 500 Georgia Organics members and constituents crafted. Farmer prosperity and synergy with the healthcare community are two priority areas in addition to expanding and deepening our existing programs.
Will you help make this vision a reality by becoming a Sustaining Member of Georgia Organics? We can’t do it without you, after all. If you double-down with your support, we’ll double-down to make the coming year a success—and we’ll send you a $25 Whole Foods Market gift card to sweeten the deal.
Yes! This is the future I want to see. How do I help?
- To set up your sustaining membership by donating monthly, click here.
- If you’d like continue giving once annually, we welcome your gift as a member, or
- Maybe you’d rather give once annually simply as a donor.
Thank you for investing in healthy foods and farms.
P.S.—If you sign up as a Sustaining Member, we’ll send you a $25 Whole Foods Market gift card!