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 five 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. 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.

2017 Golden Radish Award Applicants

Thank you to the 2017 Golden Radish Award applicants. Applicants will be notified of their award level by Thurs., Aug 24. We look forward to celebrating you at the Golden Radish Award Ceremony on Mon., Oct. 30.

About the Golden Radish Award Application

Criteria for the 2018 Golden Radish Award will be released in January with the application released in late April. The application deadline is June 30.

How to Complete the Golden Radish Award Application

Please note the below documents are from the 2017 Golden Radish Award application and are for planning purposes only. The 2018 criteria and application will be released in January.

1. Review the criteria for your size district/LEA

2. Review the 2017 Golden Radish Award Criteria Explanations. Interested in learning more about how other LEAs/districts met the criteria in prior years? Click here to view examples from previous award winners.

3. Collect relevant district-wide information and documentation for award criteria. Note: Honorary Radishes are awarded to programs that satisfy at least 1 criterion within the Bronze level or higher.  Beginning in 2017, districts will only be eligible to receive an Honorary award for two years.

4.  View this word document version of the 2017 Application. Please note, that all final applications must be submitted through the online Award application system.

5. Questions? Review these Frequently Asked Questions or contact Farm to School Director Kimberly Della Donna 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.