Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Golden Shovel Awards

Golden Shovel Application Period Now Open

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is now accepting applications for the Florida Farm to School Golden Shovel Awards. FDACS recognizes schools that show outstanding efforts in their school gardens and encourages students to get involved in nutrition and agriculture education. School gardens help students learn about the process of getting fresh produce from the garden to their plate and the important role agriculture plays in our everyday lives.

The Florida Farm to School Golden Shovel Awards recognize school garden projects developed during or sustained throughout the school year.

Award Categories

Gold, silver and bronze awards are presented in the following categories:

  • Best New Garden
  • Best Revitalized Garden
  • Best Use of Produce

Applications

Applications are due no later than Friday, March 9, 2018. Contestants are asked to submit one application per school. Multiple entries will not be accepted. Please include a picture of your garden layout and design to be eligible.

2017 Golden Shovel Award Winners

View the 2017 Golden Shovel Award Winners [ Adobe PDF Document 971.34 KB ].