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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.
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