Cobb Schools Honored for Farm to School Excellence at 2019 Golden Radish Awards

Cobb Schools continues to stand out for the district’s farm to school program, once again winning a 2019 Golden Radish Award. Georgia Organics cohosted the 2019 Golden Radish Awards on September 17 at the Mercedes Benz Stadium. As in years past, Cobb earned the Gold level recognition. Less than 25 other school districts in Georgia won the Gold distinction.   

The Golden Radish Awards recognizes school districts incorporating farm to school principals into their school curriculums. The ceremony is hosted by Georgia Organics, UGA Cooperative Extension, and the Georgia Departments of Education, Agriculture, Public Health, and the Department of Early Care and Learning. 

“School nutrition is not an ‘extra’–it’s part of offering a well-rounded education to students. Kids who have access to fresh, healthy, locally grown foods are better equipped to learn,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said 

Cobb County School District earned praise for the following: 

  • A local restaurant sold herb seedlings to special needs students for their school garden. Once the herbs were fully grown, the company bought them back to use in their menu items. 
  • Classes pickled cucumbers during a food preservation lab, then fried the pickles, and made dipping sauce in culinary classes. 
  • Students learned about the water cycle when they cooked celery root on an electric skillet, and then rounded out the lesson by eating the finished product 

The Cobb County School District is among 90 Georgia school districts to be recognized at the 2019 Golden Radish Awards. Collectively, these districts served over 2 million meals featuring local food and tended 4,646 school gardens while conducting 4,432 hands-on food and gardening activities 

Organics created the Golden Radish Awards in 2015 to raise awareness for Georgia’s emerging Farm to School programs and share the best practices among awardees. Georgia Organics’ chairs the Golden Radish Committee and facilitates the awards process annually to recognize Farm to School excellence across Georgia. 

“Like farmers, school nutrition directors take their responsibility to feed our community seriously. Each is an expert at maximizing resources, especially their own energy for the good of eaters. Farm to School brings them together in work that fosters community, environmental and nutritional wellbeing,” said Alice Rolls, CEO & President of Georgia Organics. 

Learn everything you need to know about the food students in Cobb eat by listening to the podcast with Emily Hanlin, Cobb Schools Executive Director of Food and Nutrition Services.