Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Catawba Kids Gardening Contest

Catawba Landcare, Catawba Ruritans, and Virginia Cooperative Extension are pleased to announce

Catawba Kids Gardening Contest – Summer 2010

Demonstrating pride, resourcefulness, and land care among youth of the Catawba and North Fork Valleys

For kids ages 6-13 living in the Catawba & North Fork Valleys

(grandchildren of valley residents welcome too!)

Prizes Awarded

$100 – First Place

$50 – Second Place

$25 – Third Place

Information meeting for parents & contestants at Catawba Community Center – 3/17/10 6-7pm

Seeds & calendars will be provided to contestants

Set plot sizes of 8x15’

Participants will have an opportunity to sell produce at Celebrate Catawba (8/14/10)

For more information, contact Frankie Garman 384-6129 or Butch Kelly 384-7429

While we're on the subject of contests for kids:

Students in third through eighth grade are encouraged to submit entries by June 1 for Virginia Farm Bureau Federation's annual youth essay contest.

The contest is open to the public.  This year's theme is "Farms and Food Go Together."  Rules and entry forms are available online at VaFarmBureau.org and from county Farm Bureau offices.

Two state-level winners will receive a $100 prize, a commemorative certificate and an invitation to read their essays at the 2011 VFBF Women's Conference in Richmond.

Essays will be judged in two age categories; participants in third through fifth grade should submit essays of at least 200 words, and participants in sixth through eighth grade should submit essays of at least 400 words.

Teens Encouraged to Apply for Outstanding Young Agriculturalist Award

High school juniors and seniors with an interest in agriculture have until April 1 to enter Virginia Farm Bureau Federation's Outstanding Young Agriculuralist Award program.

The annual ward recognizes teens for outstanding academic, community and agribusiness achievement.

Entry forms and details are available at VaFarmBureau.org and from county Farm Bureau offfices.

District winners will compete for the state-level award at the VFBF Young Farmers Summer Expo in late July.  The state winner will receive an award valued at about $1,000, including $250 from Virginia's Farm Credit Associations and $750 from the VFBF Young Farmers Committee and Womens's Committee.

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