New contest launched
Seeking farmers for the 2013 Faces of Farming
May 22, 2012 – It’s often said that there’s no such
thing as a typical farmer – that Ontario’s farm community
is comprised of tens of thousands of outstanding farmers. Each
one could be considered unique for the way they grow their crops, raise
their livestock or manage their environmental practices.
Farm & Food Care Ontario is celebrating the heart
and entrepreneurial spirit of Ontario’s farmers by launching a
new contest to feature a farmer or farm family who is proud and passionate
about farming. The winning farmer or farm family will be featured
on a page in the 2013 Faces of Farming calendar.
The calendar, now entering its eighth year, has featured the faces and
stories of almost 160 farmers and farm families since it was expanded
to include all types of farmers in 2005. The goal of the project is
to break stereotypes about Ontario’s farmers and get some important
messages about modern farming to the public. The Faces of Farming
Calendar is successful every year as it features compelling and creative
photographs to capture the interest of anyone who opens the cover by
introducing real farmers and telling their stories. Each year
the calendar is distributed to thousands of Ontario media, chefs, grocery
stores and politicians and is sold through the Farm & Food Care
website, office and local outlets.
Project manager Kelly Daynard said she continues to hear new and unique
stories from the participants each year – stories that are captured
in the captions that appear below each photo. “We’re hoping
that this contest will identify even more of those stories that should
be told – stories that clearly identify the passion farmers have
for their careers, their way of life and some of the struggles they’ve
often had to overcome to get to where they are today.”
Farmers and farm families are encouraged to enter the
contest by submitting both a photo and short essay (400 words or less)
describing their farm and their pride in farming by answering the following
Names and ages of all entrants (as pictured in the photo)
Address, including county or region, and phone number
A short description of the farming operation (including types of crops
grown, livestock raised, products sold)
History of the farm – number of generations farming, etc.
Any other details that make their story unique including community involvement,
environmental initiatives, unusual hobbies or backgrounds, etc.
What makes them the perfect candidate for this project – describe
why you and/or your family are proud and passionate about farming.
All entries must be received at the Farm & Food Care office no later
than Friday, June 15, 2012 when they will be reviewed by a panel of
judges. The winning family will participate in a professional
and memorable photo shoot in July, will receive complimentary copies
of the calendar and two tickets and accommodation for the 2012 Ontario
Harvest Gala and calendar launch on November 1, 2012 in Guelph.
Entries can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to 100 Stone
Road West, Suite 106, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 5L3.
For more information:
Kelly Daynard, Farm & Food Care Communications Manager, Phone:
519-837-1326 email: firstname.lastname@example.org