Habersham, Hart Co. Schools Honored for “Farm To School” Efforts

The Habersham and Hart County school districts are among 25 honored by the state for supporting their local economies and increasing the amount of local food they serve to their students through “Farm to School” programs.

State officials honored these 25 Georgia school districts for taking the “5 Million Meals Challenge” and pledging to serve more local food in their cafeterias.

At a ceremony on Monday at the state Capitol, State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge and State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black presented the schools and school systems that have taken the 5 Million Meals pledge with “The Golden Radish Award.”

Georgia Organics and its partners launched the “5 Million Meals Challenge” last October. It is a statewide effort to get five million meals made with locally grown food served in K through 12 cafeterias across Georgia.

Superintendent Barge said the “Farm To School” program helps create a better school environment so that students can reach new heights academically, adding that it also helps expose children to science through agriculture.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Black said through programs such as these, students will discover the importance of agriculture through learning about the process that brings local produce and goods from an area farm to the cafeteria table – while at the same time receiving a healthy, delicious meal.