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City Schools of Decatur receives Golden Radish Award

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City Schools of Decatur receives Golden Radish Award

The cafeteria at Westchester Elementary. Photo provided to Decaturish by Allison Goodman
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The cafeteria at Westchester Elementary. Photo provided to Decaturish by Allison Goodman

City Schools of Decatur has received another “Golden Radish Award” for its school nutrition programs.

Georgia Organics, in partnership with  Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Education and Public Health, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, made the announcement on Oct. 30.

Specifically CSD was recognized at the gold level for:

– Offering farm to school education that includes job skills training. Three students from Decatur High School were awarded Decatur Farm to School Summer Internships. Students spend the summer working at local farms and urban gardens, in Decatur’s most popular Farm to Fork restaurants, and at the Decatur Farmers Market.

– Providing farm to school focused professional learning days where all of the School Nutrition staff participate in workshops such as the Humane Society’s Food Forward training and learning culinary skills with local chefs.

– Partnering with the Wylde Center and Georgia State University Nutrition students to offer district wide taste tests of vegetables grown in school gardens.

A press release announcing the award said,  “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. This year, the Golden Radish partners awarded 26 new school districts and welcomed a new partner-UGA Extension.”

Decaturish profiled CSD’s Farm to School Program in 2015. To read that story, click here. The Farm to School program was implemented in 2009 with help from Georgia Organics and the Wylde Center.

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