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Young Artists Encouraged to Take Part in Harvest Poster Contest

After a successful launch of the Harvest of the Month educational marketing program in 2019, organizers are encouraging student artists in grades K-12 in Weakley County schools to submit Harvest of the Month poster entries during Farm to School Month from October 1st through October 31st. Students in Gibson, Obion, and Cheatham Counties are also eligible to participate in the contest. 

In celebration of National Farm to School Month through an initiative of the Farm to School program of the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network, the 2023 school year Taste of Tennessee Harvest of the Month poster series will feature artwork selected by a panel of volunteer judges – artwork needs to be postmarked by November 1, 2022. 

The Taste of Tennessee Harvest of the Month is an educational marketing program that encourages students and their communities to learn more about local food including its seasonality and sustainability. Each month a different fruit or vegetable is highlighted, reflecting the current growing season in Tennessee.

The Harvest of the Month program’s goal is to encourage healthy food choices by increasing Tennessee residents’ exposure to seasonal local foods while also supporting farmers and building excitement about locally sourced and scratch cooking in schools and throughout Tennessee communities, explain organizers.

To enter the poster contest, students must portray one of the prescribed fruits or vegetables and submit entries to their school cafeteria managers by October 31, 2022.The winner will be announced before Thanksgiving break. 

Winners’ artwork will be displayed in the Taste of Tennessee Harvest of the Month poster series displayed on the walls of participating school cafeterias starting in 2023 and featured at this year’s Pick TN Conference in Franklin, TN in February 2023. 

Artwork submission deadline is on Monday, October 31, 2022 and must be postmarked by November 1, 2022. 

Please send artwork to: Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network, HOTM Poster Contest, 113 Elm Street, Martin, TN 37237. For questions, please email or call (731) 332-9071.

To download the registration packet, including the rules to participate and registration form, please visit: Share our facebook event at The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is a nonprofit organization serving as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL. #GetitLocal #FarmtoSchool

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