Polk School District Honored for Farm to School Excellence at 2018 Golden Radish Awards
Polk School District won silver level recognition at the 2018 Golden Radish Awards held at the Georgia Freight Depot. The Golden Radish Award publicly recognizes Georgia school districts for best practices in farm to school programs, such as local food procurement, exposing students to new foods through taste tests and incorporating gardening and cooking activities in curriculum.
Polk School District received kudos for their work. Polk County Schools and Polk County Farm Bureau expanded the district’s STEM initiatives to include art (STEAM). Farm to school themed essay and art contests were popular with high school and middle school students. School staff visited Lovells Farms to learn about farm to school, farm equipment, and farm production through hands-on activities. Polk students taste-tested fresh produce from the school gardens. Student favorites, such as fresh kale and steamed spinach, were sourced from local farmers and added to the lunch menu.
Polk School District was one of 84 Georgia School Districts recognized at the awards.