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COABC Conference & AGM 2008
February 29 - March 2, 2008

Link to Fresh Voices Contest

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Fresh Voices Contest

Contest Winner List

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The aim of the “Fresh Voices” contest is to solicit new ideas to help COABC meet its mandate of “a strong and sustainable community, serving the evolving needs of the sector and the public for generations to come.”

Submission should address the entrant’s vision of how truly sustainable organic production and marketing systems would improve profitability, stewardship of the land and water, and quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities.

The top three winners will be invited to present their entry at the closing plenary session of the 2008 COABC conference, to be held February 29 - March 2, 2008 in Sidney, BC. Event registration, food, shared accommodation, and some travel expense compensation is available for the top 3 entries.

Additional cash prizes of $500, $300, $200 for the top 3 entries, plus 3 consolation prizes of $100, $50, $25 will be presented at the COABC conference, or mailed to successful candidates after the conference.

Contest Winners


First place: Jordan Marr (bio) (essay)

Second place: Robin Wheeler (bio) (essay)

Third place: Heather Stretch (bio) (essay)


First place: Gabriel Forbes (bio) (essay)

Second place: Melanie Sylvestre (bio) (essay)

Third place: John Ehrlich (bio) (essay)

picture courtesy David Schmidt
Country Life in BC
2008 Winners
left to right:
Heather Stretch/3rd prize,
Jordan Marr/1st prize,
Joyce McMenamon on behalf of Robin Wheeler/2nd prize

Rules for the 2008 Fresh Voices Contest sponsored by Sea Soil

Rules for Entry: Entries should be self contained and self explanatory and will be accepted in the following categories:

Text: Essays, narratives, poems, or other text submissions of 750 words or less submitted by mail or by email to in a Microsoft Word or PDF document.

Audio/Video: Audio or video submissions should be between 5 and 10 minutes and submitted on VHS, CD, or DVD media (CD preferred). All audio/video entries must be accompanied by a transcript and a signed copyright and subject-release form for all individuals portrayed. Digital files should be: Windows Media Player compatible (see No larger than 100 MB A minimum resolution of 720 by 480 pixels

When is the deadline for entries? The deadline for entries is 4 pm Jan 24, 2008. Winners to be announced February 8th, 2008.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all residents of BC except current or past paid COABC staff. We particularly encourage submissions from emerging leaders, students, beginning farmers and ranchers and individuals new to the sustainable organic agriculture community.

Who will judge the entries? The panel of judges will consist of growers, advocates, researchers, and educators from across the province. Entries will be judged for their capacity to engage the audience in an innovative and compelling vision for the future of sustainable agriculture.

What happens with the winning entries? The winner and finalists will be announced February 8, 2008. Winning entries will be featured in conference publications and materials.

All submissions, both winning and non-winning, may also be published in all COABC print and electronic publication.

What are the rules for entry?
1. Entries must be received by 4pm January 24th, 2008.
2. Every entry must include a cover letter that includes the following:

  • your name,
  • your e-mail address if applicable, your postal address,
  • your telephone number,
  • 100 words or less telling about yourself and how you represent a “Fresh Voices” in sustainable organic agriculture.
3. Text submissions should be sent to or by mail to COABC Fresh Voices, 3402 32nd Ave Vernon BC, V1T 2N1. Audio/video submissions must sent by mail only to the address above, and should include six identical copies of each submission on separate CDs or DVDs, each clearly marked with the entrant’s name. All audio/video entries must be accompanied by a transcript and a signed copyright and subject-release form for all individuals portrayed.
Please be aware that submissions sent by mail will not be returned.
4. By entering the contest, you give the Certified Organic Association of British Columbia the right to use your entry with credit in any of its publications.
5. We reserve the right to edit all submissions as we see fit.
6. Entries must be your own work.
7. Entries should not have won previous competitions, and should not have been published elsewhere.
8. No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.
9. By entering this competition you are accepting these rules and agree to be bound by them.
10. Current or past paid COABC staff cannot enter this contest.

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