🏆 the GROW HALF contest 🥦🥑🍆🥕🍳🥗🥜🍗🍄🍅

Marjory Wildcraft
Marjory Wildcraft ✭✭✭Posts: 1,263 admin
edited October 2020 in Other News

Congratulations to @goodvibesedu for winning first prize in the GROW HALF Contest, and to @keturahrose98 and @mentinkfamilyfarms for being runners-up! And thanks to all who submitted videos for the contest -- I have so enjoyed seeing what all you do to grow and raise food for your family! -- Marjory


The Grow Network is a community of people who are stopping the destruction of the Earth via home grown food.

Every little bit helps! Including just a little basil plant on a windowsill.

But if you are growing half of your own food I've got a fun opportunity for you to share and inspire others.

The Grow Network is having a contest! 

Create and post up a short (2 minute) video showing what you do to grow half of your own food, and what you produce.  🎬

Show us your rabbits, chickens, gardens, orchard, bee’s, mushrooms, greenhouses… or whatever it is that you do to produce at least half of your own food. 

Yes, even that gigantic zucchini counts (everyone will accidently grow one of those in their lifetime. 🍆

The prize for the best video will be $500 cash, and two runners will receive $100 gift certificates for anything in the TGN Store. 

The winners will be chosen by you, the TGN community! Here is the scoring system:

✔️5 points for each LOL

✔️3 points for each awesome

✔️1 point for each vote up. 

Why so much emphasis on the LOL's? Because laughing increases your immune system function by a gazillion %, and don't we all need an immune boost right now?

We will collect entries for the contest up until Monday August 10th, 2020. Voting will remain open until Monday August 31th, 2020. Whomever has the highest score at 8pm EST that night will be the winner. 

Anyone can enter including Moderators, Street Team members, and all of the TGN community are welcome to enter. You can enter more than once, but do please be reasonable.  Uh TGN employees, no, not you.

Simply put your entry as a comment down below in this thread. 

Yeah, get those grandkids who know how to edit video to help you out 📲 😊 

My son used to edit videos while skateboarding. Uh, he broke a LOT of phones... But it shows you how easy it is for those kiddos to make videos.

The easiest way to post your video is to put it up on YouTube and then embed into your comment/entry. If you need help uploading the video or don’t want to use YouTube, reach out to our TGN video producer, @ Anthony (hey Anthony, what is your TGN forum handle – dude, you’ve got to put up your mugshot on your profile – if Trump were here he would say “bad Anthony”).

I want to use these videos to inspire other people to grow their own food and to see that it really is fun and easy (er, well, maybe at least isn’t that difficult.... 😏 )

OK everyone, I haven’t ever run one of these before. So please be reasonable so I don’t have to make up a bunch of rules. Definitely ask any questions down below. 

I am so excited to see what you create!




  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 4,887 admin

    It does sound like fun.

    Unfortunately, our garden is not doing anything newsworthy this year. How do you edit in veggies & edit out grass & weeds (not even useful ones)? All we'd have is cows & chickens & berries to show...and that isn't all that much.

  • torey
    torey Moderator Posts: 3,732 admin

    Great idea for a contest! Looking forward to seeing what everyone else does.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 4,887 admin

    Well, we decided that we will try to put something together. It might not feature this year's garden, but we can show past years along with current animal & berry content.

    We have never done this before, so it will be a challenge, but one we are willing to take on.

  • TNTX girl
    TNTX girl Posts: 33 ✭✭✭

    Unfortunately my “garden” is still in planters. Just got these 2 acres and only stone fruit trees planted, so unless I am a fruit bat or something similar, it won’t cover 1/2 of my food. But 2021! Now that will be better! Happy Gardening!

  • Leediafastje
    Leediafastje WA State, Olympic Mtns, Zone 8Posts: 68 ✭✭✭

    I too will be happy to view the videos. It sounds like to great education!

  • Grounded
    Grounded Posts: 154 ✭✭✭

    I really look forward to seeing what other people do to grow their own food. We are limited to a community garden bed and some containers around our shaded lot. I look forward to learning ways to grow more food and expand my knowledge. Unfortunately, in our urban corner of the world, food production animals are not allowed.

  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft ✭✭✭ Posts: 1,263 admin

    Your setup sounds awesome @ieducate2008 TGN is open to all diets! And it would be great to see a diversity of methods.

  • Ruth Ann Reyes
    Ruth Ann Reyes Managing Director TGN Shy of the Chi - Zone 5bPosts: 499 admin
    edited July 2020

    Wow, great job!!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to create a video entry! I love it! You're doing amazing work! Congrats on the parking lot purchase.

    We love seeing our community in action @Marjory Wildcraft - check it out!

  • JodieDownUnder
    JodieDownUnder Moderator Mid North Coast AustraliaPosts: 1,147 admin

    @Marjory Wildcraft I do believe you may have to add some advice re the simplest and best way to upload and embed a video to youtube or whatever on this discussion. I've never done anything like that before and just googled it and was hit with a 1000 different tutorials. I thought TGN community would jump at this chance and maybe the technology side of things are holding them back. It is for me but I'm a self confessed luddite!

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  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft ✭✭✭ Posts: 1,263 admin

    Wow @goodvibesedu that is so amazing! Hey, please put a photo in your profile too. Super good. Loved to see the kiddos collecting eggs :)

  • Karin
    Karin New ZealandPosts: 272 ✭✭✭

    Can't wait to see everyone's videos. Unfortunately its mid-winter here, so nothing much growing and our only animals atm are our cats :D. If you have this contest in a year or two, I might have a patch to show :)

  • RustBeltCowgirl
    RustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 1,216 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @goodvibesedu Fantastic job. Great to see what can be done, even in the city.

  • maimover
    maimover Posts: 359 ✭✭✭

    @goodvibesedu have you seen the film “the need to grow”? I think you’d enjoy it and get some more inspiration. There is a young Girl Scout in the film with her mother and it reminded me of you with your girls.

  • herbantherapy
    herbantherapy Posts: 454 ✭✭✭✭

    @Marjory Wildcraft will videos be uploaded under this thread only? Or will there be new threads created?

    I won’t be posting a video but I want to know where I can watch for inspiration!

    This year I am focused on canning a years worth of food obtained from local farmers. I have not been very successful growing my own yet.

  • Ruth Ann Reyes
    Ruth Ann Reyes Managing Director TGN Shy of the Chi - Zone 5bPosts: 499 admin

    We are wanting to keep them all housed inside of this thread for ease of voting.

    And congrats to you!!! I LOVE canning! And I love sourcing locally! Please start a thread about that over in the canning category...let's chat more about it! Because I can talk about canning all day! :)

  • JodieDownUnder
    JodieDownUnder Moderator Mid North Coast AustraliaPosts: 1,147 admin

    @Marjory Wildcraft thank you for your video. I will now have a red hot crack at it.

  • marjstratton
    marjstratton Posts: 603 ✭✭✭

    I'm quite new to the whole concept of growing half of your own food. I've been growing gardens with the idea of supplementing and getting fresher, better quality food, but never in great quantities. I'll be looking forward to seeing what other people are doing.

  • GardenMama
    GardenMama Posts: 95 ✭✭✭

    This was fantastic to watch! Toi are doing amazing things in the middle of an urban environment and it's so cool to see!

  • Nancy A.Maurelli
    Nancy A.Maurelli Posts: 44 ✭✭✭

    LOVE this contest! It's a wonderful way for people to see just how creative they are in food self sufficiency.

    AND, @herbantherapy, thanks for bringing in the topic of supporting other local growers. Even IF everyone was able to grow half of their food, where would the OTHER half come from? Developing relationships and financially supporting local growers using regenerative growing methods is essential to food security!

    My strategy for growing a good amount of my own food focuses on (a) growing "storage veggies" for the winter months. Last year we harvested almost 300 lbs. of sweet potatoes (I am sharing with siblings and parents) and harvesting leeks as needed directly from the garden. We also had plenty of butternut squash. AND (b) I use unheated hoop house effectively to have leafy green veggies for most of the winter months. Lastly (c) I dehydrate good quantities of the herbs that I use to make nourishing herbal infusions (oatstraw, nettle, tulsi) so I don't need to purchase these.

  • Helen South Australia
    Helen South Australia Posts: 42 ✭✭✭

    Oh no, here we are in the middle of winter so not a lot is happening! Will have a look at what is growing, but don't think it is half of what we eat just now as only have winter vegetables being picked..

  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft ✭✭✭ Posts: 1,263 admin

    ahhh @Helen South Australia I apologize for the northern-hemisphere-centric contest. 🌏

    I'll try to come up with a different contest next time that isn't so location specific. Got any suggestions?

  • moreyshadypines
    moreyshadypines Posts: 72 ✭✭✭

    @ieducate2008, you should be commended for healthy eating choices. I am a vegetarian also, however, I raise hogs, chickens, turkeys, etc. for my family and others. If someone is going to eat meat, they should utilize animals that have been cared for well. You rock!

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