“Small Farmers: Our Everyday Heroes” Art Contest

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To honor our everyday heroes for North Carolina A & T Small Farms Week 2024,  N.C. Cooperative Extension Forsyth County Center is hosting an Arts Contest!

Natalie Sevin of Sungold Farm, Winston-Salem, harvesting okra. yellow squash and zucchini in a harvest bin

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 2024 honors the small-scale growers who put food on our tables. This year North Carolina A&T State University will be celebrating 38 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 community 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 and Adults are invited to submit photos of up to two expressive art pieces that aligns with the theme “Small Farmers, Our Local Heroes”, such as:

  • poetry, 
  • photography, 
  • digital art, 
  • sculpture
  • 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. Their art will be shared on N.C. Cooperative Extension and Forsyth County Websites and with local farmers.

Submission Form:

Expressive Arts submission form and instructions are linked below:


DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 10

Read more about Small Farms Week Events Here: https://mcdowell.ces.ncsu.edu/2024/02/small-farms-week-2024/

If you have any questions about events for Small Farms Week or about the Art contest, please contact Celine Richard, cvrichard@ncat.edu.

N.C. Cooperative Extension promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination and harassment based upon one’s race; color; religion (including belief and non-belief); sex, including but not limited to pregnancy, childbirth or other related medical condition, parenting and sexual harassment; sexual orientation; actual or perceived gender identity; age; national origin; disability; veteran status; genetic information; or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made to County Extension Director Kim Gressley (ksgressl@ncsu.edu, 336-703-2850)