Best in GrowTO Contest Scarborough

BiGTO Scarb 2020 flyer

To enter the contest:
1. Fill out the entry form at https://forms.gle/wgm2Uz2ByCT6BFkeA

2. Send 1-3 high resolution photos of your entry to UAweekTO@gmail.com. Photos must be taken in 2020.

3. Online entries must be received by 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 17, 2020.

4. To enter the contest in person, bring your entries to the Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Fest by 12:00 pm on September 19, 2020.

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 and fruit 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 and fruit 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 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 and fruit 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

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.
  • Send 1-3 high resolution photos of your container or garden to UAweekTO@gmail.com by 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 17, 2020 or bring photos of your garden to the Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 19, 2020 by 12:00 pm. Photos must be taken in 2020.
  • You can also bring a planted container to the Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 19, 2020 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

Best pollinator garden

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 17, 2020 or bring photos of your garden to the Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 19, 2020 by 12:00 pm. Photos must be taken in 2020.
  • 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 for a title that best describes your fruit or vegetable
  • Submit your entry by:
    • Bringing your fruit or vegetable to the Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 19, 2020 by 12:00 pm, or
    • Sending high-resolution photos of your fruit or vegetable to UAweekTO@gmail.com by 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 17, 2020. Photos must be taken in 2020.
  • 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

We hope you can bring your innovation to the SVCG Harvest Fest. 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 17, 2020 or bring photos of your garden to the Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 19, 2020 by 12:00 pm. Photos must be taken in 2020.

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 Scarborough Entry Form online 

Contest Rules

The Best in GrowTO Contest Scarborough 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 can fill out an entry form online by 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 17, 2020 or in person at the Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 19, 2020 by 12:00 pm. If photos are required for the entry, they must be emailed to UAweekTO@gmail.com by 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 17, 2020 or a hard copy brought to the Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 19, 2020 by 12:00 pm.

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 Scarborough judges will assess entrants on September 19, 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 at the Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm. 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 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, Scarborough Village Community Garden and Harvest Fest 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 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 19, 2020. 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