Lonely Planet Writer

A 200-word essay might win you this 13-acre organic farm in North Carolina

If you want to escape the pressures of city life and take a permanent vacation in the countryside, your own organic farm in North Carolina is only a 200-word essay away.

A couple can win a farm in North Carolina.
A couple can win a farm in North Carolina. Image by Bluebird Hill Farm

A new contest asks prospective farmers to write in and explain why they should win their own 13-acre farm, which grows herbs, flowers, lavender and more. Bluebird Hill Farm is located three hours away from Asheville, which Lonely Planet named its Best in the US top destination for 2017

The owner, Norma Burns, has decided that after years of running the farm, she wants to move to Raleigh for a bigger city experience, reports the Asheville Citizen-Times. Her desire for a change is a perfect opportunity for someone else looking for a change of pace.

A couple can win a farm in North Carolina.
The front porch of a farm in North Carolina. Image by Bluebird Hill Farm

Instead of just selling off the property, she decided to hold an essay contest, with the top prize being her farm. However, it won’t come totally for free; the contest requires an entry fee of $300, but the owner cites its worth at about $450,000 USD. Applicants must write 200 words on why they want to own and operate the farm.

And there are some other stipulations: Burns is looking for a couple to run the farm, as she is aware it can’t be successfully run by one person alone. According to the rules: ‘You and your partner (of any description) are aspiring farmers. You believe that there’s no better calling in life than raising organic food. You’ve gotten experience and training. You’re willing and able to put in the long days and hard work that farming requires’.

A couple can win a farm in North Carolina.
The living room of the farm in North Carolina. Image by Bluebird Hill Farm

If that description suits you, the contest is open until 1 June and will be judged by a panel including an attorney, a conservationist and an agricultural professional.

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