BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. (November 15, 2023) – Bartow County School Nutrition earns the
Golden Radish Award for the ninth consecutive year!
“In order to win the Golden Radish Award, school districts must have locally grown items in
school meals, facilitate farm-to-school promotions and marketing throughout the school year,
plant edible gardens, and adopt farm-to-school language into policy or procedure,” said Bartow
County School Nutrition Director Betsy Roam. “The Golden Radish Award recognizes districts
that do an excellent job meeting each of the criteria listed above.”
Bartow County is one out of only 47 districts in Georgia to receive this award through the
Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Agriculture, University of Georgia
Extension, and Georgia Department of Public Health.
“I attribute the success of winning the Golden Radish Award to working collaboratively with all
Bartow County school staff and Bartow County’s community leaders,” added Roam. “I view this
award as a huge success for our district because it not only shows our farm-to-school efforts but
also our ability to work as a team for the overarching goal of eliminating food insecurity and
increasing sustainability in our district.”
Other recent notable achievements for the nutrition department include National recognition for
hosting a weekly series called “Takeover Tuesday.” During the school events, they teach
educational lessons and enhance the farm-to-school experience for all students. The school
nutrition department works to engage students on everything from chicken coops to learning
about pollinators and edible gardens.
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