Friday, January 6, 2017

Entries due Jan. 20 for SNRE food security contest

Participants in the Refugee Farmers Market Project prepare to sell vegetables
 at the farmers market in Spenard.

The deadline for entries is Jan. 20 for undergraduate UAF students who wish to compete in writing, engineering and media contests that address food security issues in northern communities.

Organizers of the second annual Food Security in the Arctic competition will award $1,000, $500 and $250 prizes for first-, second- and third-place awards in three contests sponsored by the School of Natural Resources and Extension.

Contest co-chair Professor Jenifer McBeath said students are invited to address some of the issues involved with developing environmentally responsible agricultural practices in the North. An estimated 95 percent of food consumed by residents is produced elsewhere and it travels over a tenuous transportation network, she said.

For the essay contest, students may submit up to an eight-page, double-spaced essay about the challenges or innovative solutions involved in growing and storing food in northern communities.

Participants in the engineering contest are asked to submit an engineering design that attempts to address energy-efficient and environmentally friendly large-scale food storage in the North. Designers should research and consider the ideal conditions that aid in cold climate food storage. Individuals or teams may compete. The designer of the winning entry will be awarded $5,000 to build a prototype.

Students who participate in the media contest are asked to submit a 30-second public service announcement that represents some of the current challenges in growing food in northern communities. Films or videos should be submitted as an uncompressed MOV or M4P file.

For more more details about the contests and the entry form at For more information, contact McBeath at 907-474-7431 or

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