Essay Farm Contest

If you’ve always dreamed of owning a farm, and you’ve got writing chops, then you could have exactly what it takes to win this essay contest. The prize? A 12.88 acre organic farm in North Carolina.

The property comes equipped with a lovely house, a lavender field, green house, distiller, chicken coop and barn. And yes, you could own all of this just for writing an incredible 200-word essay. You might need to pinch yourself, but yes, this is indeed real!

The owner of Bluebird Hill Farm in Bennett, North Carolina, believes in making it possible for farm owners to get on their feet. And what does that require? Well, a whole lotta land.

The Bluebird Hill Farm website quotes Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden saying, “Many producers, especially new and underserved farmers, tell us that access to land is one of the biggest challenges they face in establishing and growing their own farming operation.”

And that’s precisely why owner Norma Burns is going to do something about this issue. The winner of the contest will walk away with the title to North Carolina farm, which was last valued at $450,000.

On top of that, as long as there are enough submissions, the new owner will also receive $50,000 in cash “to be used for transitions costs.” This is how much Burns wants to ensure her organic farm falls into the right hands.

In the past, we’ve written about the opportunity to purchase a historic Great Camp in the Adirondacks, but have you ever imagined owning a piece of land in the heart of Alaska? If so, then now is your chance. Two former Schroon Lake residents are currently hosting an essay contest, and the winner will be awarded with a beautiful farm property.

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Returning Home

This contest is being held by John and June Strothenke, who moved to Alaska with the Air Force in 2004. The two are former Schroon Lake residents, but after working in Alaska, they purchased a new home in Fairbanks in 2008.

Due to recent health and personal issues, the couple is prepared to return home to Northern New York and the Adirondacks. To do so, they have set up an essay contest to give one lucky family the opportunity to own their little slice of heaven on earth – Top Of The Hill Farm.

The Property

Top Of The Hill Farm features two 2 1/2-acre adjoining lots located off of Chena Hot Springs Road in Fairbanks. The farm’s property includes numerous buildings, such as a two-story barn, a large woodshed, a wired shed, a three-sided shed for livestock, and more.

In addition, the property also features a 4-bedroom, 2-story, 2,436 square foot home that has been newly renovated over the past few years. There are no liens, taxes, or mortgages due on the property (except annual taxes and a small tax bill).

Enter the Essay Contest

The rules of the essay contest are simple:

  1. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older can enter the contest and be eligible to win
  2. The essay must address the following theme: “Why I would like to own a hobby farm in Fairbanks, Alaska”
  3. Each entrant must pay $1,000 to submit their essay for consideration
  4. Multiple entries are accepted from one individual, but each essay must be different, and it is $1,000 per entry/essay
  5. A total of 420 essays will be accepted, so the odds are pretty good
  6. All essays must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2017 and must arrive to the recipient location no later than January 14, 2018
  7. The farm owner will select the top 20 essays, and then the final 20 will be judged by three independent judges

The winner of the essay contest will receive the farm’s Certificate of Title. All animals, food, liquor, and personal property will be removed prior to occupancy by the new owners.

That is it! Once a winner has been selected early next year, the Strothenke family will move out of the house and make their way back to NY State around Spring 2018.

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