First Peas to the Table Contest 2016
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is inviting your classroom to participate in a national pea growing contest. This contest is to celebrate our book of the year, First Peas to the Table, by Susan Grigsby published by Albert Whitman.
NOTE: THE 2016 CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. READ ABOUT THE WINNER HERE.
2016 Contest Guidelines and Rules
Goal: To be the student team that grows the greatest amount of peas (measured in cups) using no more than 20 pea seeds during the official contest period.
- No purchase is necessary to enter this contest. Void where prohibited.
- To enter, visit https://agfoundation.wufoo.com/forms/peas-contest-2016-entry-form and complete the entry form.
- The contest is open to students in grades K-5th. An entering team may consist of one or more students. Each student or student team must contact us through an adult representative age 21 or over.
- Official Contest Period: March 1, 2016 – May 16, 2016 at 12:00 midnight Eastern. All entries must be submitted no later than midnight on May 16th.
- Each team may use no more than twenty pea seeds. These should be garden shelling peas, often called English Peas, not snow peas or snap peas.
- You may not begin planting until March 1, 2016.
- Peas may be grown in any manner including in a hot house, hoop house, indoor pot or planter or outside garden.
- The winning team will have harvested the greatest amount of peas (measured in cups to the nearest 1/8th cup). Peas must be shelled before measuring.
- In the event of a tie, one winner will be randomly selected from those that tied.
- Entrants must submit a photo of their completed pea log (template provided below) and a photo of their shelled pea harvest being measured. They are also invited to send in a group photo of the team members. You must obtain a written photo release from any recognizable person in a submitted photo.
Winning Team: As the grand prize, the winning team will receive a visit by Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell to their school or community.
Make it a Classroom Contest! We encourage classroom teams to compete internally. After holding a class contest, submit your class-winning entry to the official contest form. Internal teams can be awarded the First Peas Certificate (provided below).
- Pea Journal Log
- First Peas Participation Certificate
- Information about Peas & Growing peas (Please note for the contest only shelling peas, or English peas are permitted)
- Photo Release for any recognizable persons in submitted photos (English and Spanish versions provided)
- Ask a local Farm Bureau to get involved! Here is an email template you can send to request a local farmer or rancher come into your classroom.
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Please help us spread the word!
- Do you know a teacher or school that might be interested? Send them the Peas Contest Flyer.
- Post about the peas contest on Facebook or Twitter using this invitation to the peas contest.
- Tweet : Teachers! Let's get growing! Join the AFBFA 2016 Peas Contest http://bit.ly/Peas2016 #schoolgardens #agliteracy