“Small Farmers: Our Everyday Heroes” Youth Expressive Art Contest

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To honor our everyday heroes for North Carolina A & T Small Farms Week 2023,  N.C. Cooperative Extension Forsyth County Center is hosting an expressive arts contest for youth!

What is Small Farms Week?

Each year, Small Farms Week highlights the programs and activities conducted by Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University that support limited-resource, small-scale, part-time, and alternative-enterprise farmers. Small Farms Week 2023 honors the small-scale growers who put food on our tables. This year North Carolina A&T State University will be celebrating 37 years of honoring our local heroes! 

This year the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center will acknowledge our local farmers through interview highlights and a creative art contest. The expressive arts contest theme will give thanks to and honor our everyday heroes that put food on our tables. 

Art Submissions:

Youth, up to age 19, are invited to submit up to two expressive art pieces, such as:

  • poetry, 
  • photography, 
  • digital art, 
  • drawing, or 
  • painting 

“Why do you want thank a Small Farmer”:

Did you eat any vegetables, eggs, or a hamburger this week? Have you ever thought about where your food comes from? You might just have a local farmer to thank for the carrots at the school cafeteria or the cheese in the fridge! Small farmers in Forsyth County and across our state produce healthy local foods for us to eat year round! Join us and take a moment to thank your local farmers through art for the hard work that they do to feed us everyday!

Winners will be selected and announced following NC A&T Small Farms Week, and their art will be shared on N.C. Cooperative Extension and Forsyth County Websites. 

Submission Form:

Expressive Arts submissions can be uploaded below:


DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 5

If you have any questions about events for Small Farms Week or about the Expressive Arts contest, please contact Dr. Monique Pearce-Brady, dmpearc3@ncsu.edu, or Celine Richard, cvrichard@ncat.edu.