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Sumter County Schools Received Platinum Level Golden Radish Award,

October 30, 2017, Atlanta Freight Depot




 First Photo:

Shown with SCS Director of School Nutrition Martha Harvey are as follows:

Commissioner Gary Black, Georgia Department of Agriculture

Executive Director Alice Rolls, Georgia Organics

SCS Director of School Nutrition Martha Harvey

Commissioner Dr. J Patrick O'Neal, Georgia Department of Public Health

Associate Dean Laura Perry Johnson, University of Georgia Extension Service

Superintendent Richard Wood, Georgia Department of Education



 Second Photo:

FCS Cafeteria Manager Larry Jackson

SCPS Teacher Sheryl Rush

SCPS Principal Dr. Lezley Anderson

SCS Director of School Nutrition Martha Harvey

FCS Assistant Principal Jason Williams


Commissioner Black with Sumter County Group


Sumter County Schools Nutrition Program participates in the Farm to School program.  This means that locally (Sumter County or Georgia) grown products are delivered to the school cafeteria kitchens and prepared for student meals during the year.  Some fresh produce items are only available during their peak season.

They are as follows:

  • Fresh Collard Greens - Coastal Georgia Small Farmer's Cooperative, Gleenville, Georgia
  • Fresh/Frozen Purple Hull Peas - Coastal Georgia Small Farmer's Cooperative - Glennville, Georgia
  • Fresh/Frozen Cream 40 Peas - Coastal Georgia Small Farmer's Cooperative - Glennville, Georgia
  • Fresh Corn on the Cob - Fredando Jackson - Small Farmer's Distribution Network, Americus, Georgia
  • Fresh Sweet Potatoes - Boyd Hagerson - Americus, Georgia
  • Fresh Scuppernongs - Fredando Jackson - Small Farmer's Distribution Network - Americus, Georgia
  • Fresh Peanuts - Boyd Hagerson - Americus, Georgia
  • Fresh Whole Grain Flour - Back to Basics, Ginger Butts - Cochran, Georgia
  • Fresh Beef Patties - White Oak Pastures, Jenni Harri - Blakley, Georgia
  • Fresh Ground Beef - Koinonia Farms, Elizabeth Dede - Americus, Georgia
  • Fresh Green Beans - Magnolia Packaging, Janice Berry , Taylor Neighbors - Americus, Georgia 


 Web Sites for Further Information:



Cotton Commission:

Georgia Cattlemen's Association:

Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association:

Southeastern United Dairy Industry Association:

Equine Commission:

Georgia Crop Improvement Association:

Georgia Farm Bureau:


Georgia Forestry Commission:

Georgia Peanut Commission:

Georgia Mobile Dairy Classroom:


Georgia Farm to School Toolkit

The Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Organics, and the Georgia Department of Public Health are partners in an effort to promote and facilitate farm to school programs throughout Georgia.  Farm to School programs bring locally grown foods to schools, and offer the opportunity to educate children about nutrition and agriculture.

This toolkit is designed to help school nutrition programs develop, grow, and sustain a farm to school program.  There is background information on the farm to school movement, resources and guidance on procuring foods, menu planning, food safety, and marketing a farm to school program.  Also throughout the toolkit are ready-to-use tools to assist with implementation.  School districts vary in their level of implementation, so browse through the topics as needed.

The Georgia Farm to School Toolkit was developed by the Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Program.  It was inspired by the Minnesota Toolkit for School Foodservice and was created with collaboration and support from Georgia Organics.

Announcements and Upcoming Events:
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NEW!  Georgia Farm to School One-Pager  – check out this one-page resource that summarizes the current state of farm to school in Georgia, from the National Farm to School Network.

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(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Farm to School Benefits:

Farm to School and Program Benefits

What is Farm to School?

Farm to school programs connect schools with local producers to bring locally grown or raised foods into school cafeterias, provide agriculture, health, and nutrition education opportunities, help students learn about where their food comes from, and support local farmers and communities.

Through these programs, children are reconnecting with their food, enjoying the taste and nutritional value of produce picked at peak ripeness, and learning about gardening, composting, and agriculture.

Farm to school program activities can happen in the cafeteria, classroom, and community, and may include any of the following:

  • Serving locally grown foods in the school meal programs
  • Incorporating food, agriculture, and nutrition into the curriculum
  • Hands-on learning through school gardening
  • Farm field trips
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Taste tests
  • Composting

Farm to School Benefits

Farm to school benefits students, schools, farmers, and communities.  Farm to school activities help create a healthy school environment and support the development of healthy eating habits for children.  Purchasing from local farmers strengthens the local economy and provides the opportunity to form positive relationships between schools and farmers.  Farm to school programs can be a way to engage parents, families, and the community in the school nutrition program.  To read a research-based overview of the benefits of farm to school and a list of sources, please see The Benefits of Farm to School from The National Farm to School Network.

10 Reasons to Buy Local

Consumers, whether as individuals or institutions, who value fresh, flavorful, healthful food and a working, rural landscape, can support local farmers by buying their products.  Check out this list of 10 Reasons to Buy Local .



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