Fifth graders at McKibben-Lane Elementary school got a lesson in gardening Thursday.
"We were planting lettuce, and rosemary, sweet peas," said student Syniah Cunningham, who wasn't afraid to get dirty.
"You get to dig a hole and put the plant in it, and then you cover it up with your hands, and then you pat it. I love when you pat it," said the fifth grader.
Stetson Mollohan planted spinach, but his favorite vegetable is red lettuce. "Lettuce is good for you and you can eat it every time," he said.
Once the food is harvested, students will pick, wash, and eat it.
"We'll have lettuce here, there will be broccoli, so the students will be able to not only grow their food, but they'll be able to recognize it," said Cleta Long, Director of School Nutrition.
Bibb County Schools was recognized for its Nutrition program for the 2011-2012 school year. The Georgia Department of Education honored schools that have a high percentage of students who eat school food. At Lane, 89 percent of kids eat school breakfast.
Bibb also beat out more than 100 school districts in the Southeast for different categories within the United States Department of Agriculture Best Practice Awards.
"For their breakfast in the classroom program, and also for their gardening program. There are only 24 awards in the entire Southeast, and Bibb County has won two of them," said Steve Hortin with the USDA.