PRJUSD was recently recognized at the state level for its work in implementing a farm to school program. In conjunction with One Cool Earth, our culinary arts center has added school gardens, composting, recycling, and healthy foods in the cafeteria. PRJUSD was one of about 20 schools to receive the Golden Seed Honorable Mention.
The California Farm to School Network (CFSN), a project of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), a California nonprofit organization that builds sustainable food and farming systems through policy advocacy and on-the-ground programs, announced the winning schools in its inaugural California Farm to School Network Golden Seed Awards. The awards highlight farm to school efforts throughout the state. CFSN 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. The statewide contest also gave schools an opportunity to apply and become part of CFSN. 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.