About 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 Public Health, the UGA Cooperative Extension, and Georgia Organics. Winning LEAs are recognized by the leaders of these four groups every October.

LEAs are recognized at five levels. PlatinumGold, 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. In 2017, LEAs that satisfy the Gold level for all ten criteria will be awarded a Platinum Radish. An additional award, the Outstanding Award, is given to the district/LEA with the outstanding farm to school program.

The 2017 Golden Radish Award Application

Criteria and documents to assist with preparing for the application are provided below. The online application is anticipated to open in April 2017 with an application deadline at the end of June.

Preparing for the 2017 Golden Radish Award Application

1. Review the criteria for your size district/LEA

2. Review the 2017 Golden Radish Award Criteria Explanations

3. Interested in learning more about how other LEAs/districts met the criteria in prior years? Click here view examples from previous award winners.

3. Use the 2017 Award Application Draft to begin data collection. Please note, this is not the actual application that you will submit. This is a preliminary version of the 2017 application. The actual application will be released using an online form in April 2017.

4. Questions? Contact for more information.

Congratulations to the 53 school districts awarded at the 2016 Golden Radish Award Ceremony!

Nearly one-third of Georgia school districts were recognized for their farm to school work during the 2015-2016 school year. Awardees collectively:

  • Served 39 million school meals that included local food
  • Held 8,246 taste tests of fresh, local food to students
  • Taught 3,406 garden, food and nutrition lessons to students
  • Tended 575 edible school gardens
  • Hosted 1,935 hands-on cooking activities with students
  • Incorporated farm to school into 390 staff professional development opportunities
  • Championed and sustained district-wide policies or procedures into 29 schools districts

Learn more about the individual accomplishments of the 2016 Golden Radish Award winners.