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Gainesville, Hall Co. school districts among 75 in Georgia recognized by state's 'farm to school' program

By AccessWDUN staff

More than 40 percent of Georgia public school districts have  farm to school programs. These programs teach students about food and agriculture through hands-on food and garden education, supporting the local economy through local food purchases for school meals, and fighting childhood obesity and other preventable, food-related diseases.

The Georgia Departments of Agriculture, Public Health, Education, UGA Extension and Georgia Organics recently hosted the 2017 Golden Radish Awards with a record-breaking 75 school districts who participated in farm to school programs during the 2016-17 school year.

The Golden Radish Award publicly recognizes school districts for all aspects of farm to school, from local food procurement to hosting taste tests and gardening with students. Districts are evaluated on their work implementing farm to school objectives.

The 75 school systems that were recognized and their level of recognition are:

*Platinum Level

Barrow County School System

Carrollton City Schools

Cherokee County School District

Clarke County School District

Fulton County Schools

Jackson County Schools

Laurens County Schools

Sumter County Schools

Tift County Schools

*Gold Level

Atlanta Public Schools

Baldwin County School District

Bartow County School System

Bleckley County Schools

Burke County Public Schools

City Schools of Decatur

Cobb County School District

Columbia County School Nutrition

Dougherty County School System

Effingham County School System

Elbert County School District

Fannin County School System

Fayette County Public Schools

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Habersham County Schools

Hart County Schools

Treutlen County Schools 

Henry County Schools

Newton County Schools

Warren County Public Schools

*Silver Level

Crawford County Schools

DeKalb County School District

Floyd County Schools

Forsyth County Schools

Gainesville City School System

Madison County School District

Paulding County School District

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Toombs County Schools

*Bronze Level

Buford City Schools

Carroll County Schools

Coffee County School System

Dade County Schools

Dalton Public Schools

Douglas County School System

Lee County School System

Marietta City Schools

Mitchell County School

Morgan County Charter School System

Murray County Schools

Muscogee County School District

Richmond County

Valdosta City Nutrition Program

Wayne County

White County

Worth County School District

*Honorary

Banks County School System

Butts County School System

Calhoun City School System

Clayton County Public Schools

Dawson County School System

Emanuel County School System

Franklin County Schools

Glascock County School System

Haralson County Schools

Hall County Schools

Johnson County

Lincoln County School District

Lowndes County Honorary

Lumpkin County School System

Miller County Board of Education

McIntosh County Schools

Rockdale County Public Schools

Stephens County

Whitfield County Schools

Wilkinson County Board of Education

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