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Bleckley School System honored at State Capitol for Farm to School Achievements.
Bleckley School System honored at State Capitol for Farm to School Achievements.

Bleckley County Schools received the Golden Radish Award Monday at the State Capitol.  They were one one of 30 school systems to be recognized for "outstanding leadership of school representatives building comprehensive farm to school programs."  Districts were evaluated on their work in ten different activities of farm to school. 

Recognition was done by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, and Georgia Organics Board Chair Mandy Mahoney.  Bleckley County was recognized at the Silver Level for their accomplishments during the 2013-14 school year which included:

  •  A locally grown food item was featured each month in the district. The menus highlighted the farmer or producer of the featured food.
  •  Bleckley County Middle School started their first edible school garden this year, and many of the students had already gardened at the elementary level. They contributed many items from the garden to school lunches.
  •  Teachers integrated farm to school into their curriculum in over 50 lessons, and many lessons were dedicated solely to working in the garden.

Said Barge in a news release  “When children are offered fresh, locally sourced foods, they are more prepared for learning today, and more likely to continue healthy habits tomorrow.  He added  “At the same time, their school is supporting local agriculture, which has been and will continue to be an anchor of Georgia’s economy. It’s a positive thing from so many angles.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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