Are you a middle school student in Georgia? Do you want a chance to be rewarded for your writing skills? If so, this contest is an opportunity for you to use both your writing skills and your knowledge or research of agriculture.

The purpose of this essay contest is to encourage students to increase their level of agricultural literacy through research and through presentations by county Farm Bureau volunteers. The contest is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Georgia. The writing and research activity can be matched to state standards in language arts as well as other areas.

The topic for this year's contest is: What are the benefits of school gardens?

More schools are adding gardens to their landscape as teaching laboratories across the curriculum. Write a persuasive essay on why your school should have a garden, expand the gardens they have, or use their gardens more effectively.

Essential Questions for Essay:

  • What are the benefits of school gardens?
  • How can the school garden teach about fruits and vegetables we grow in Georgia?

Include your own experience with a school garden or how you would like to expand a current garden or start a school garden.

To enter the contest, contact your county Farm Bureau. One winner will be selected in each of Georgia Farm Bureau’s ten districts. Each district winner will receive a cash prize of $100. The state winner will be selected from these ten district winners. They will receive an additional cash prize of $150

If you would like to enter our essay contest, please submit this entry form and essay to your county Farm Bureau office.  Be sure to check with them on the county deadline!  The state deadline is March 9, 2018.

To learn how this essay contest matches up with Georgia Language Arts standards for students in grades six through eight, click here.