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. 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. Read more about the 2018 winner Warren County School System here.
- 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.
Learn about the impact of the Awards on state wide farm to school activities by reading the 2014-2017 Golden Radish Award Evaluation.
Congratulations to the 84 school districts awarded at the 2018 Golden Radish Award Ceremony!
More than 45 percent of Georgia school districts were recognized for their farm to school work during the 2016-2017 school year.
Carrollton County Schools was recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Farm to School District.
About the Golden Radish Award Application Process
Please note the below documents are for planning purposes only. The online application for the 2019 Awards will open in April 2019.
1. Review the Award Criteria for your size district/LEA
- Criteria For Districts and LEAs of 1-2 Schools
- Criteria For Districts and LEAs of 3-15 Schools
- Criteria For Districts and LEAs of 16-50 Schools
- Criteria For Districts and LEAs of 51 or More Schools
2. Review the Golden Radish Award Criteria Explanations. Interested in learning more about how other LEAs met the criteria in prior years? Click here to view best practices from the 2018 Golden Radish Awardees.
3. Collect relevant district-wide information and documentation for award criteria. Be sure to provide information on how your district works with sustainable and/or Certified Organic farms, innovative ways you partner with your community or utilize your school gardens, and any extraordinary farmers you work with to be eligible for an additional Best Practice Award. Note: Honorary Radishes are awarded to programs that satisfy at least 1 criterion within the Bronze level or higher. Districts are only be eligible to receive an Honorary award for two years.
4. View a word document version of the 2018 Application. Please note, that the word document is for planning purposes only. The 2019 application will be released in February.
5. Questions? Review these Frequently Asked Questions or contact Farm to School Director Kimberly Della Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.