Kicking off National Farm to School Month with a bang, we were so excited to announce the winners of the Golden Seed Awards in our newsletter earlier this week! The awards highlight farm to school efforts throughout California.
With a number of competitive applicants, we honored winners across 11 regions and three award categories, including Sow, Grow and Harvest. In addition, nearly 20 schools and districts were recognized with honorable mentions.
The Golden Seed Awards were created to recognize farm to school champions and foster recognition of California schools and districts that are beginning to grow their farm to school programs. Applicants were evaluated on their unique and innovative programs as well as their contributions to the three pillars of farm to school: procurement, education and gardens.
Sixteen schools and districts received passes to the 2017 California Farm to School Conference and pre-conference field trips, and nineteen honorable mention winners were given $100 stipends toward the event. All winners will receive certificates and be recognized at the biennial conference, which strives to engage and inspire schools as they build connections and learn about other farm to school programs.
The full list of 2016 winners includes:
To have been eligible for a Harvest award, the program needed to be integrated across the three pillars of farm to school (gardens, procurement and nutrition education) and demonstrate staying power.
- Manteca Unified School District
- Julian Union Elementary School District
- Fort Bragg Unified School District
- Oakland Unified School District
- Live Oak School District
- Pacific Elementary School
To have been eligible for a Grow award, the program needed to be thriving in at least two of the pillars of farm to school.
- Upland Unified School District
- San Rafael City Schools
- Juniper Elementary School
- Natomas Unified School District
- Winters Joint Unified School District
To have been eligible for a Sow award, the program needed to be new and/or not completely integrated across the pillars, and it should demonstrate great opportunity for growth and connection.
- Valley Springs Elementary
- Oak Park Unified School District
- Solvang Elementary School
- Oxnard Union High School District
- Cobb Mountain Elementary School
Honoring programs at all levels that are doing excellent farm to school work with demonstrated opportunities for growth.
- Montebello Unified School District
- Napa Valley Unified School District
- Jefferson Elementary School District
- Madrona Elementary
- Rosamond Elementary School
- San Mateo-Foster City School District
- Vallecito Union
- Sweetwater Union High School District
- Santa Clara Unified
- Nevada Union High School
- Del Norte Unified School District
- Calaveras Unified
- Pasadena Unified SD
- Paso Robles Unified School District
- Berkeley Unified School District
- San Diego Unified School District
- Grimmway Academy
- Mountain View Whisman
- Sierra House Elementary
We’d like to thank Whole Foods Market Northern California and Reno (WFMNC) who made the prizes possible. Through its annual fundraising effort this spring, WFMNC gave 5 percent of all customer purchases to the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) to support CFSN.