Best in GrowTO Contest 2019

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Best in GrowTO 2019 Winners

Thanks to our judges:

Alice Walkus, Council Fire

Katherine Bruce, Planet in Focus

Jamie Fleck, Grower/Filmmaker

Rosemarie Powell

Jayeeta Sharma, UTSC

Marc Green, BUFCO

Lauren Powell

Sean Brathwaite, Friends of Regent Park

 

Description of Categories

Growing

Best squashes, gourds and melons

Includes squashes, pumpkins, zucchinis, ornamental gourds, bitter melons and sweet melons.

How to enter

  • Must be grown by you or a member of your household in Toronto in 2019
  • Only vegetables and fruit please! No ribbons, paint or other display enhancements.
  • Bring your squash, gourd or melon to the GrowTO Fair on Saturday, September 14 by 12:00 pm.

Judges are looking for:

  • Quality of shape, colour and size
  • Healthy skin
  • Peak ripeness
  • Overall aesthetic appeal

Peppers

Includes sweet, hot and dried peppers

How to enter

  • Must be grown by you or a member of your household in Toronto in 2019.
  • Only vegetables and fruit please! No ribbons, paint or other display enhancements.
  • Bring your peppers to the GrowTO Fair on Saturday, September 14, 2019 by 12:00 pm.

Judges are looking for:

  • Diversity of shape and colour
  • Vibrant colour
  • Healthy skin
  • Peak ripeness
  • Overall aesthetic appeal

Container or small space gardens

How to enter

  • Must be grown by you or your household in Toronto in 2019
  • Can be a garden in a back, front or side yard; in the ground, in raised beds or containers; on a roof top, balcony, patio, deck, dock or windowsill; indoors or outdoors.
  • Residential, institutional, or commercial containers or gardens are welcome.
  • Must contain some edible, medicinal or pollinator-friendly plants.
  • Send 1-3 high resolution photos of your garden and a plant list to UAweekTO@gmail.com by 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2019 or bring photos of your garden to the GrowTO Fair on Saturday, September 14 by 12:00 pm. Photos must be taken in 2019.
  • You can also bring a planted container to the GrowTO Fair on September 14 by 12:00 pm.

Judges are looking for:

  • Overall aesthetic appeal
  • Innovative container or location
  • Plant health, vigor, vitality
  • Garden productivity relative to size of garden
  • Great use of space
  • Gardens must not have been grown with synthetic inputs or fertilizers

Pollinator gardens

Gardens containing plants that attract and support pollinators.

How to enter

  • Must be a garden planted by you or your household in Toronto.
  • Send 1-3 high resolution photos of your garden and a plant list to UAweekTO@gmail.com by 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2019 or bring photos of your garden to the GrowTO Fair on Saturday, September 14 by 12:00 pm. Photos must be taken in 2019.

Judges are looking for:

  • A wide variety of plants that support pollinators (flowers, vegetables, fruit)
  • Plants that bloom at different times throughout the season
  • Bonus points for native plants
  • Bonus points for additional features such as water, bee hotels
  • Overall aesthetics of the garden.

Funniest Fruit or Vegetable

Fruits or vegetables with a natural, unusual shape, colour or size

How to enter

  • Must be grown by you or your household in Toronto in 2019
  • Alterations not permitted (such as painting, dressing-up or waxing)
  • Give a title that best describes your fruit or vegetable
  • Please, no entries with sexual content!

Submit your entry by:

  • Bringing your fruit or vegetable to the GrowTO Fair on September 14, 2019 by 12:00 pm,
  • Sending high-resolution photos of your fruit or vegetable to UAweekTO@gmail.com by 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2019, or
  • Bringing photos of your fruit or vegetable to the GrowTO Fair on Saturday, September 14, 2019 by 12:00 pm.
    Photos must be taken in 2019.

Judges are looking for:

  • Biggest, smallest, most unusual shape
  • How much entry looks like something else (such as a person, animal or object)
  • Creativity of the title
  • Feeling the entry creates (such as laughter, excitement, surprise, compassion)

Best Fruit or Vegetable Arrangement

Arrangement of two or more fruits and vegetables

How to enter

  • Must be grown by you or your household in Toronto in 2019
  • Alterations not permitted (such as painting, dressing-up or waxing)
  • A container is permissible but no other decorations (such as ribbons) are allowed
  • Bring your arrangement to the GrowTO Fair on September 14, 2019 by 12:00 pm

Judges are looking for:

  • Creative arrangement of fruit and vegetables
  • Quality of shape, colour and size
  • Healthy skin
  • Peak ripeness
  • Overall aesthetic appeal

Tasting

Sauces and salsas

Sauce or salsa made by you from garden produce grown in Toronto in 2019.

How to enter

  • Entries must be made in a home kitchen or community kitchen, not a commercial facility.
  • Bring a minimum 4 oz sample to the GrowTO Fair on Saturday, September 14, 2019 by 12:00 pm.

Judges are looking for:

  • Great flavour
  • Recipe originality
  • Creative use of garden ingredients

Best tasting tomato

Tomato grown by you or your household in Toronto in 2019.

How to enter

  • Bring one whole tomato to the GrowTO Fair on Saturday, September 14, 2019 by 12:00 pm.
  • Do not add any flavouring to your tomato.

Judges are looking for:

Good taste and texture

Pickles and ferments

Preserves or fermented foods made by you from garden produce grown in Toronto in 2019.

How to enter

  • Entries must be made in a home kitchen or community kitchen, not a commercial facility.
  • Bring a minimum 4 oz sample to the GrowTO Fair on Saturday, September 14, 2019 by 12:00 pm.

Judges are looking for:

  • Great flavour
  • Recipe originality
  • Creative use of garden ingredients

Honey

Honey made by you or a member of your household from hives in Toronto in 2019.

How to enter

  • Entries must be made in a home kitchen or community kitchen, not a commercial facility.
  • Bring a minimum 4 oz sample to the GrowTO Fair on Saturday, September 14, 2019 by 12:00 pm.

Judges are looking for:

Great flavour

Innovation

Innovation DIY (Do-It-Yourself)

You’ve discovered a new way to grow food in the city! This can be a structure or system for growing plants, a clever way to water or a composting system. You’re a home or community gardener, not a professional growing food for your work.

How to enter

  • We hope you can bring your innovation to the GrowTO Fair. Let us know what you need for set up!
  • Entries that can’t be moved can be submitted as high-resolution photos to UAweekTO@gmail.com by 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2019 or bring photos of your garden to the GrowTO Fair on Saturday, September 14, 2019 by 12:00 pm.
  • Photos must be taken in 2019.
  • Please provide information on cost, how it operates, what inputs are needed and how your innovation is maintained.

Judges are looking for:

  • Innovation has been operating successfully for one month
  • Lowest production cost
  • Lowest inputs (energy, water)
  • Least use of synthetic inputs
  • Good use of space
  • Lowest maintenance requirement

Innovation Pro

You’ve discovered a new way to grow food in the city! This can be a structure or system for growing plants, a clever way to water or a composting system. You’re a professional who grows food for a living.

How to enter

  • We hope you can bring your innovation to the GrowTO Fair. Let us know what you need for set up!
  • Entries that can’t be moved can be submitted as high-resolution photos to UAweekTO@gmail.com by 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2019 or bring photos of your garden to the GrowTO Fair on Saturday, September 14, 2019 by 12:00 pm.
  • Photos must be taken in 2019.
  • Please provide information on cost, how it operates, what inputs are needed and how your innovation is maintained.

Judges are looking for:

  • Innovation has been operating successfully for one month
  • Lowest production cost
  • Lowest inputs (energy, water)
  • Least use of synthetic inputs
  • Good use of space
  • Lowest maintenance requirement

Fill out a Best in GrowTO Entry Form online or print out a Best in GrowTO Contest 2019 Entry Form and bring it to the GrowTO Fair

Contest Rules

*Note change in entry deadline: on-site entries must be submitted by 12:00 pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

The Best in GrowTO Contest 2019 (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Toronto Urban Growers (TUG) (the “Sponsor”). This contest is subject to all applicable laws of the Province of Ontario and the laws of Canada, as well as the Contest rules.

How to enter

No purchase is necessary. The contest is free to enter.

Entrants can fill out an entry form online by 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2019 or in person at the GrowTO Fair by 12:00 pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019. If photos are required for the entry, they must be emailed to UAweekTO@gmail.com by 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2019 or a hard copy brought to the GrowTO Fair by 12:00 pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

Only one entry per category is allowed per person or household. Odds of winning depend on the number of entrants.

Eligibility

The contest is open to all Toronto residents 18 years of age and older (or under 18 with permission of a parent or guardian). Entries in the DIY Innovation category must come from home or community gardeners who are not growing food in a professional capacity.  The Sponsor reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and disqualify entries that do not match category criteria as described on the Contest website.

Members of the UA Week organizing committee, staff of CRC Regent Park Community Food Centre and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the contest.

Prizes

Best in GrowTO judges will assess entrants on September 14, 2019 according to category criteria posted on the Contest website and choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners for each category. Judges’ decisions are final. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and have no monetary or exchange value.

Contest results will be announced at the GrowTO Fair at 2:30 pm, September 14, 2019. Winners will receive awards at that time. If the winners are not present at the time of awards, an alternate can be appointed to receive the award. Winners not present will be notified within 3 business days via the contact info provided on the entry form. Winners are responsible for arranging to pick up awards.

Conduct

By participating in the Contest, each entrant agrees to be bound by these contest rules (posted at the Contest website). Entrants further agree to be bound by the decisions of the Sponsors and GrowTO judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant found to be violating the Contest Rules and/or acting in a disruptive manner, or annoying, abusing, threatening or harassing the Sponsors or any other person.

Limitation of Liability

By participating in this contest, each entrant and winner agrees to release and hold harmless TUG, its Co-coordinators and GrowTO Fair partners from and against any and all liabilities, losses, damages, claims, demands, costs and expenses (including lawyer’s fees and litigation expenses on a solicitor and own client basis) whatsoever relating to the entrant’s participation in the Contest or Contest-related activity, without limitation.

The Sponsors assume no responsibility or liability for lost, late, unintelligible/illegible, falsified, damaged, misdirected or incomplete entries.

Entries will be returned to the entrant at the end of the Contest at the Contest site if requested by 4:00 on Saturday, September 14, 2019 (except for entries in the Tasting categories). The Sponsor is not responsible for any damage to entry material.

Privacy

By participating in the Contest, each entrant: (i) grants to the Sponsors the right to use his/her/their name, telephone number, e-mail address and submitted entry for the purpose of administering the Contest. (ii) grants to the Sponsors the right to use his/her/their name, photo and entry material for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the Contest, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, without further compensation unless prohibited by law.

The Sponsor will use the entrant’s personal information only for identified purposes.

Termination

The Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest or the Contest rules at any time without notice.

If you have any questions about the contest rules, please ask! Email UAweekTO@gmail.com