The winner of the Ode to a Farmer poetry contest will receive a $150 gift card to a BC Farmers' Market of their choice.

The winner of the Ode to a Farmer poetry contest will receive a $150 gift card to a BC Farmers' Market of their choice.

Ode to a farmer

The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets is looking for original poems to honour local farmers.

As part of the annual Farmers Appreciation Week Sept. 12-19, the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) is looking for original poems to honour local farmers.

Writers of all levels are encouraged to submit their agricultural themed-poems to the third annual Ode to a Farmer poetry contest by Sunday, Sept. 13.

The grand prizewinner will receive a $150 gift certificate to spend at the BC farmers’ market of their choice.

Regional winners from the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Kootenay Rockies, Northern British Columbia, Thompson Okanagan, Vancouver, Coast & Mountains and Vancouver Island will also be chosen and awarded $50 gift certificates.

Submissions are accepted online or by mail.

“There is a great tradition of writers finding inspiration from the land that is continued through the Ode to a Farmer contest,” said Tamara Leigh, president of the BC Farm Writers’ Association, and contest judge.

“I look forward to seeing how people connect creatively with food and farming, and bring it to life in their poems.”

Along with the Ode to a Farmer poetry contest, the public can enjoy various activities in celebration of Farmers Appreciation Week that highlight the contribution BC farmers and local food make to our lives.

From parades and musical tributes, to farm equipment displays, there are events for people of all ages to enjoy.

For more, visit www.bcfarmersmarket.org/markets/farmers-appreciation-week-2015.