On the hunt for great farm yarns

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Ru­ral Women New Zealand is invit­ing peo­ple to get creative by writ­ing short sto­ries and tak­ing pho­tos and videos to show­case New Zealand farm­ing life to­day.

‘‘We are run­ning the com­pe­ti­tion in con­junc­tion with the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries to tell the sto­ries be­hind the pri­mary prod­ucts we grow on our farms,’’ Ru­ral Women na­tional pres­i­dent Wendy McGowan said.

The min­istry will use some of the pho­tos, videos and sto­ries to pro­mote the New Zealand pri­mary in­dus­try brand and its ru­ral val­ues. ‘‘We en­cour­age peo­ple to get their creative juices flow­ing to share the chal­lenges and tri­umphs of farm­ing and to­day’s sus­tain­able busi­ness prac­tices,’’ McGowan said. ‘‘We hope to see en­tries that re­flect our care of the land and our an­i­mals, and the skills and in­ge­nu­ity of the peo­ple that make New Zealand’s pri­mary in­dus­tries so suc­cess­ful.’’

Ru­ral Women NZ also hopes the com­pe­ti­tion will high­light the op­por­tu­ni­ties for great ca­reers in the sec­tor.

The com­pe­ti­tion is be­ing run as part of Ru­ral Women NZ’s cel­e­bra­tions to mark the 2014 In­ter­na­tional Year of Fam­ily Farm­ing. ‘‘Sto­ries are pow­er­ful, and we have some great farm­ing sto­ries to tell,’’ McGowan said.

There are five en­try cat­e­gories: Women and men at work on the farm; farm ma­chin­ery and farm in­no­va­tion; an­i­mals; chil­dren; ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

En­tries close Novem­ber 1 and the com­pe­ti­tion is open to every­one. En­try forms and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.ru­ral­women.org.nz/iyff.

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