CCSD School Nutrition Wins State Award!

CCSD School Nutrition Wins State Award!

award logoThe Cherokee County School District’s School Nutrition program has won a State “Best Practice” Award!

The program, which is led by Director Tina Farmer, has been named a Georgia USDA Best Practice Award winner in the category of Farm to School Programs for the second consecutive year.

CCSD School Nutrition Director Tina Farmer

“We are committed to providing students with meals that not only meet nutrition standards, but also use fresh, local ingredients in taste-tested recipes made from scratch in our kitchens,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “This honor recognizes our School Nutrition program’s continued success in meeting and exceeding these high expectations.  Congratulations to all of our School Nutrition staff on this award!”

A diverse group of judges met to consider each entry, said Nancy Rice, State Director of School Nutrition for the Georgia Department of Education, with only 50 Georgia USDA Best Practice Awards bestowed statewide.

“We take great pride in our winners’ commitment to best practices and want to thank them for working so hard to have the best possible school nutrition programs in all award categories,” Ms. Rice said.

The program will be recognized by the State at the annual Georgia School Nutrition Association kickoff luncheon in the fall and by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at an upcoming School Board meeting.


CCSD School Nutrition Wins Georgia’s Golden Radish Award!


From left to right Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, State School Superintendent Richard Woods, CCSD School Nutrition Supervisor Tina Farmer and Coordinators Amanda Fleming and Linda Dittrich, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and Georgia Organics Executive Director Alice Rolls

The Cherokee County School District has won a top State award for its outstanding school nutrition program!

CCSD’s School Nutrition program, which serves more than 5 million meals each year in school cafeterias, has won the Golden Radish Award at the Gold Level from the Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Public Health, Education and Georgia Organics.

The Gold Level is the highest recognition awarded to Georgia school nutrition programs for farm-to-school programs… from local food procurement to hosting taste-tests to gardening with students.  Districts were evaluated on their work in 10 different activity areas.

CCSD School Nutrition Supervisor Tina Farmer and Coordinators Amanda Fleming and Linda Dittrich accepted the award at a ceremony Monday at the Georgia State Capitol.

CCSD was recognized for its accomplishments during the 2015-2016 school year including:

  • More than 400 hands-on cooking and food activities held by CCSD, with many lessons led by volunteer chefs and farmers. Events included Chef Tony Pisconeri visiting classrooms to demonstrate proper knife skills and plating techniques and high school agriculture students learning about honey with Jeannie Ross of Ross Berry Farm and Apiaries;
  • More than 1,000 promotions held by CCSD to encourage students to choose local foods in the school cafeteria and participate in school garden activities and farm field trips; and,
  • Cherokee County’s Farm to School Committee collaboration by parents, teachers, school administrative staff, the Cherokee County Farm Bureau and local farmers, Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners, FFA, churches, the Upper Etowah River Alliance, Girls Scouts and other groups. Local businesses also offered discounts for individuals purchasing supplies for CCSD’s school gardens;

“Having access to fresh, farm-to-school meals is great for Georgia’s students,” State Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Farm-to-school programs also connect students with agriculture, which is an enormously important industry for our state.  We appreciate the Golden Radish Award because it recognizes those school districts that are striving every day to provide more farm to school meals.”