Warren County wins gold level in Golden Radish
By Caitlin Boland

The school gardens at Warren County encompass two greenhouses and 26 raised beds.
Warren County Schools received honors for its farm-to-school initiatives for the second consecutive year.
In 2016, the system received the bronze level award, but this year they moved to the gold level on Oct. 30.
The Golden Radish Award is given by Georgia Organics to recognize school systems for their efforts in nutrition and agricultural education, and according to a release from this organization 75 school districts, including Warren County, participate in the farm-to-school initiative.
The School Nutrition and Career, Technical and Agriculture Education departments collaborate to manage 26 raised beds and two greenhouses.
According to a release from Georgia Organics, the gardens supply enough produce that each student eats at least one school garden-grown vegetable serving three times a week. In addition, the gardens produce enough lettuce, broccoli and cabbage for fresh salads and coleslaw throughout the winter.
Scott Richardson, school nutrition director for Warren County Schools, said the higher level came as a result of the system’s work to gain more community partnerships with the farm-to-school program. Richardson said they not only partnered with the UGA Agricultural Extension office in Warren County, but also with local farmers and the local chapter of Georgia Soil and Water Conservation, headed by Missy Garner.
“We have local businesses and the community helping put together the garden,” Richardson said. “The Golden Radish award committee saw that the community is all in.” 
In addition to community partnerships, Richardson said the gardens also are a chance to incorporate STEM education into the curriculum for all grade levels.
He said during the summer enrichment program, Family Support Circle, Inc., which provided the summer program, used the gardens to teach students about nutrition and gardening and taught cooking classes using produce from the garden.
“The gardens are becoming a focus of good education in Warren County,” Richardson said.
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