One of the main goals of this blog is to foster civil discussion, and many of our readers write very good and thoughtful comments. We want to encourage and reward people who contribute positively to the discussion, which is why we hold community contests at the end of every month. Usually these are awarded for individual comments or discussions, but periodically the contest will have a specific theme to make the contest more interesting. Examples of contest themes include: nominate someone you disagree with, only posts in the forum are eligible, or might be something fun like an art or caption contest. Another example is, every year around Halloween we hold our annual Frankenfood Carving Contest to coincide with the birthday of the blog.
Comment authors are encouraged to read and abide by the community guidelines. In order to be eligible to win one of these contests, there are only a few simple rules:
- Anyone can nominate someone for this contest, but we recommend that you link to at least one comment (can be several) by that author.
- Editors are ineligible for the contests – but contributing authors can get in on the action.
- Comments can be from any date in the past, present, or future. They can be comments on posts or in the forum. (This detail may be altered by the contest theme)
- In order to accept the award, comment author must be registered, fill out at least some of their profile, and have a picture uploaded for their avatar. (Profile can be done after the winner is announced. Picture need not be a human photo – how about a cool plant?)
- The winner(s) will be judged on how awesomely smart, cool, funny, and productive their comments are. We want to reward people that help elevate the discussion and give them a special status in the community.
- Nominations should be made on the contest announcement page, and will close on a specified date and time.
- Winner(s) are chosen by Biofortified’s editors, and will be announced soon after.
Our blog mascot, Frank N. Foode™, typically announces the contests and the winners. Go here to see the winners, themes, and prizes of past contests.
Each contest comes with a prize, besides eternal glory. These are offered for every contest, sometimes with other items. Some contests will allow you to choose among several prizes, such as books. We purchase or make most of the prizes ourselves (paid for by blog funds), and some have been donated.
Our main prize is a unique canvas tote bag embroidered and sewn with a pocket and pen-holder (sewn by Karl), perfect for taking to a farmer’s market. We don’t know if the cotton is genetically engineered, but wouldn’t it be great to know!
Books available as Prizes
Books are a great way to get lasting enjoyment and knowledge for being a part of the blog community. Here is a list of books that we currently have that are being offered as prizes. The subjects of the books usually run the range from botany to food and agriculture, science, and gardening. When books are offered as a contest prize, we usually let you choose which one you want.
The Conscientious Gardener, Cultivating a Garden Ethic, by Dr. Sarah Hayden Reichard
Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda, by Dr. Carolyn de la Pena
Eating the Sun, How Plants Power the Planet, by Oliver Morton.
The Fruit Hunters, A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession, by Adam Leith Gollner
Growing a Garden City, by Jeremy N. Smith.
This Norman Borlaug commemorative coin sometimes gets added as a contest prize.
Got something that you think our readers would like to get as a prize? Want to donate it to the blog? Let us know on our Contact page!
Any ideas for contest themes or prizes? Use the comment form below.
Tomorrow’s Table, Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food, by Dr. Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak
Denialism, How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens our Lives, by Michael Specter.
The $64 Tomato, How one Man nearly lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden, by William Alexander
Catching Fire, How Cooking made us Human, by Richard Wrangham
Giant “Big Boy” Tomato Kitchen Rug.