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In honor of National Farmers’ Market Week 2012 (Aug. 5 -11), the New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association announces the New Mexico Farmers’ Market Story Awards, designed to reward and showcase the variety of ways farmers’ markets benefit communities across New Mexico.
The NMFMA is looking for essay and/or video submissions from both farmers/producers and customers from all corners of the state that depict concrete examples of farmers’ market impacts.
Contest entries should answer the question: “How has selling or shopping at a farmers’ market affected you, your farm, your family or your community?
Submissions might address topics such as: on-farm biodiversity, responsible agricultural production, sustaining family farms (or backyard growers), rural job opportunities, helping your family eat more fruits and vegetables, learning about where your food comes from, or getting to know your community better.
Prizes will include one grand prize ($250); Best Farmer/Producer Video ($100); Best Farmer/Producer Essay ($100); Best Customer Video ($100 market bucks); Best Customer Essay ($100 market bucks). Honorable mentions will also be awarded.
Submissions should include essays and/or videos written by or featuring farmers/producers as well as market customers. Submit entries by Sept. 5.
Digital entries (essays and/or video links) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video entries should be uploaded to YouTube and a link should be sent to the above email address or send a hard copy of your essay and/or video to: Farmers’ Market Story Awards, NMFMA, 731 Montez, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501. Winners will be announced on Sept. 12.
Essays should be concise, imaginative and striking and reflect agricultural producers’ and market customers’ perspectives about the people, products or partnerships that make selling and shopping at farmers’ markets valuable.
Essays should be no more than 1,200 words. Contributors can include a photo if they choose. Winning submissions will be published online and possibly in print.
Video submissions should be no longer than five minutes in length (shorter is better), and like the essay, should reflect the farmer/producer’s and shoppers’ perspectives about the people, products or partnerships that make selling and shopping at farmers’ markets valuable.
Winning videos will be made available on the NMFMA website.
Submissions will be accepted from agricultural producers actively selling at New Mexico farmers’ markets as well as New Mexico farmers’ market customers. Prizes will be awarded in both categories.
Board members, staff and families of both are not eligible. The panel of judges will consist of the staff and board members of the NMFMA.