Wanna Be A Farmer?

Manitoba Farm Mentorship is sponsoring a contest designed to draw wannabe organic farmers out of hiding.

“We know you’re out there… you and other inspired, practical, hard-working, environmentally conscious young people who are thinking about local food farming as your chosen career. Well here’s a contest for you,” the organization says in a release.

Entrants must explain in 500 words or less why they would like to be an organic farmer and how $1,000 would help them achieve their goal. The most inspiring farm dream will win a grand prize that includes:

A two-month stay on one of two mentor farms (July 2 to August 31, 2010);

Registration for up to three farm tours or production skills workshops in summer 2010;

Enrolment in our Exploring Your Small Farm Dream course in fall 2010;

An OFCM-COG “Shoots” membership and two Canadian Organic Growers handbooks;

And $1,000 to help you achieve a farming goal.

Two second-prize winners will also be chosen. Each second prize consists of registration for a Manitoba Farm Mentorship summer 2010 farm tour, an OFCM-COG “Shoots” membership and two Canadian Organic Growers handbooks.

Winners and entrants will be recognized and celebrated during Organic Week, planned for October 2010.

The contest is open to Manitoba residents, 18-25 years old. Submit entries by email to [email protected]

by midnight June 13, 2010. Winners will be notified by June 20, 2010.

Full contest details and rules can be found at: www.organicfoodcouncil.org.

Manitoba Farm Mentorship is a program of the Organic Food Council of Manitoba.

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