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The Great Amish Belt Loop Bad Poetry Contest

Instructions: To Submit:

  • Click on the SpeakPipe button below and recite your poem slowly. Say your name at the end of your poem.
  • Pay your $10 entry fee by clicking the “DONATE” button on the website (or just click here). Be sure to include your name, email address, and belt size (in the comments).

Bad Poetry Contest Rules:

  1. Your poem must be bad. Really bad. All good poems will be immediately rejected.
  2. Your poem is limited to 100 words.
  3. Your poem must contain these phrases: “A cat yowling on a back fence” and “a buzzard on a dead horse.” The impetus for the contest came from a 1916 local newspaper mentioned in “AgArts from Horse & Buggy Land” podcast #19, Bet the Farm. Listen to podcast #19 to inspire the writing of your bad poem.
  4. The top bad poems will be broadcast on a future podcast.
  5. The winner will receive $100 and a handmade Amish belt.
  6. Deadline: January 15.
  7. Judge: Ruby, the grossmommie.

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What is AgArts and what is its mission?

AgArts is a non-profit designed to imagine and promote a healthy food system through the arts.  We are based in collectives throughout both rural and urban areas in the U.S. where we help fund and support artistic projects that envision better ways to grow and consume our food.

Who are we?

We are a group of artists, farmers, and gardeners, and community members who are exploring the connection between agriculture and the arts. We are musicians, theatre, visual, literary, and movement artists. We are chefs, horticulturists, family farmers and beginning farmers. We are all joining together to create a bond among ourselves, and to educate the public about the benefits of sustainable agriculture.

What kinds of projects have we supported in the past?

Through donations and our Local Wonders fund-raising dinners, we’ve supported theatrical performances about immigrant farmers, Slow Music festivals on CSA farms, a touring rural women’s apron exhibit, an on-farm visual art and writing project with at-risk youth, an archive of the botanical drawings of George Washington Carver and more. . .

What are we sponsoring right now?

Our recent projects include online classes and AgArts from Horse and Buggy Land podcasts.

Foremost are our farm-to-artist residencies, where artists do their imaginative work while connecting with an agricultural community in the States.

We want to offer lodging and space for artists to have uninterrupted time to do their creative work. At the same time, we want artists to connect with and be inspired by local farming communities. We hope that artists will learn about agricultural issues through on-farm experiences and that this knowledge will be reflected in their work. Farmers, in return, will enjoy hosting creative people on their homesteads who will bring new energy and perspectives to their landscapes.

In exchange for their residencies, the artists will give a workshop to local community members, teach a class in the schools, or give a reading, performance, or presentation of their work.

What do we need?

We need farmers interested in hosting artists, and we need artists interested in applying for residencies. But first we need your investment in and support of AgArts to get rolling on our Farm-to-Artist residencies. So, click Donate or offer an in-kind service. With your help, we’ll create a bond among artists, farmers, and consumers, and imagine a better future for all.