Best in GrowTO Contest 2020

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Thanks to everyone who entered!

Description of Categories

Best squashes, gourds and melons

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

How to enter

  • Must be grown by you or a member of your household in Toronto in 2020
  • Only vegetables please! No ribbons, paint or other display enhancements.

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 2020.
  • Only vegetables please! No ribbons, paint or other display enhancements.

Judges are looking for:

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

Tomatoes

How to enter

  • Must be grown by you or a member of your household in Toronto in 2020.
  • Only vegetables please! No ribbons, paint or other display enhancements.

Judges are looking for:

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

Root Vegetables 

Includes any vegetable with an edible root (such as potatoes, eddoes, radishes, carrots, daikons, Jerusalem artichokes/sunchokes or beets). Can be single vegetable or a bunch.

 How to enter

  • Must be grown by you or a member of your household in Toronto in 2020.
  • Only vegetables please! No ribbons, paint or other display enhancements.

Judges are looking for:

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

 

Container or small space gardens

How to enter

  • Must be grown by you or your household in Toronto in 2020
  • 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.

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.
  • The entry form will ask you for a plant list.

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 2020
  • Alterations not permitted (such as painting, dressing-up or waxing)
  • The entry form will ask you for a title that best describes your fruit or vegetable
  • Please, no entries with sexual content!

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 2020
  • Alterations not permitted (such as painting, dressing-up or waxing)
  • A container is permissible but no other decorations (such as ribbons) are allowed

Judges are looking for:

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

Innovation 

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. 

How to enter

  • The entry form will ask you for 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 

Contest Rules

Best in Grow TO Online Contest 2020 Rules

The Best in GrowTO Online Contest 2020 (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 must fill out an entry form online by 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2020. Photos must be emailed to UAweekTO@gmail.com by 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2020.

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 and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the contest.

Prizes

Best in GrowTO judges will assess entrants by September 20, 2020 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 on the www.uaweekto.wordpress.com website on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Winners will be notified by email or phone and ribbons will be mailed to the winners’ address.

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 Best in 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, contest judges or volunteers, other entrants 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 contest volunteers and 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.

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