British Columbians wax poetic about all things local for Ode To a Farmer contest

BC Association of Farmers’ Markets inviting British Columbians to submit their original poems

As part of the annual Farmers Appreciation Week celebrations, September 12 to 18, the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) is inviting British Columbians to submit their original poems to honour B.C.’s local farmers. Writers of all levels are encouraged to submit their farm themed-poems to the fourth annual Ode To a Farmer Poetry Contest by midnight, Sunday, September 18.

The grand prize-winner will receive a $150 gift certificate to spend at the B.C. farmers’ market of their choice. Regional winners from the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Kootenay Rockies, Northern British Columbia, Thompson Okanagan, Vancouver, Coast & Mountains, and Vancouver Island will also be chosen and awarded $50 gift certificates. Submissions are being accepted online, by email, and by mail.

“It’s such a pleasure reading poetry from across British Columbia that connects to the land, and to farmers and food,” says Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Surrey’s poet laureate and returning judge. “I always learn something new and am delighted to see so many entries.”

“Last year we received a record 120 submissions of farm and food inspired poems and we are hoping to exceed that again this year,” said Georgia Stanley, BCAFM’s Communications Manager. “We encourage everyone to take a few minutes to consider the immense skill, time and dedication that goes into growing that fresh food we all value. It’s challenging work and worth celebrating everyone involved.”

Along with the Ode To a Farmer poetry contest, the public can enjoy various activities in celebration of Farmers Appreciation Week that highlight B.C. farmers and local food. Visit markets.bcfarmersmarket.org to find a farmers’ market near you and join the celebrations.

The BCAFM is a not-for-profit association that represents 135 farmers’ markets across the province and works to support, develop and promote farmers’ markets in all regions of B.C. For more information on the BCAFM or to find a farmers’ market near you, visit www.bcfarmersmarket.org.

Follow the Ode To a Farmer Contest:

• Webpage: http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org/fresh-market/farmers-appreciation-week-2016

• Twitter: @BCFarmersMarket

• Instagram: @BCFarmersMarket

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCAFM

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