Farm City Week Essay Format

Cullman County’s Carson Smith received an honorable mention in the 2016 Alabama Farm-City Poster Contest during the organization’s annual luncheon and awards program in Birmingham April 6. Smith, who lives in Cullman, is a sixth-grader at Good Hope Middle School in Cullman. From left are the Alabama Farmers Cooperative’s Jim Allen, Smith and Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms.

MONTGOMERY - The artwork of local student Carson Smith will be featured in the 2018 Alabama Farm-City calendar, which is now available for pre-order.

Smith of Good Hope Middle School in Cullman County won honorable mention in the poster contest. Each month includes students’ artwork depicting the 2016 Farm-City theme - Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet. The calendar also includes first place essays and a link to the first-place multimedia presentation based on the theme.

“Students work hard every year to earn recognition as a state winner in the Farm-City poster, essay and multimedia contests,” said Jeff Helms, Alabama Farm-City Committee chairman. “This calendar is a lasting way to promote the creative ways they show the importance of farming.”

Calendars are $1.25 each, with a minimum order of 10 calendars. Deadline for orders is Aug. 31.

Click here for the order form and more details.

Click here for additional photos from the Alabama Farm-City awards luncheon earlier this year.

Farm-City week is celebrated annually starting the Friday before Thanksgiving. Students are encouraged to participate in county poster, essay and multimedia contests for a chance to move on to the state competition. For more information, visit

What is the Farm-City Program?

Distinct differences exist between farm and city life, but rural and urban communities rely heavily upon each other to provide the abundant American way of life. Farmers are dedicated to producing quality food, fiber and forest products for everyone to enjoy. Moving those products from farms to homes requires cooperation with people from varying walks of life. Grocers, truck drivers, factory workers, computer scientists, bankers, veterinarians, chemists, salesmen and numerous others all play important roles in getting food from fields to kitchen tables.

The main goal of Farm-City is to deepen understanding of the relationship between rural farmers and urban workers. Since 1955, Farm-City committees have hosted educational events and invited city folk to visit local farms for a first-hand look at how their food is raised.

Traditionally, Thanksgiving week has been recognized as Farm-City week. Elementary, middle and high school students are encouraged to enter poster, essay and multimedia contests with entries based on the theme.

Visit the Farm-City website for theme and contest forms.

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