Giveaway Essay Contest

NC woman holds national essay contest to give away farm

BENNET, NC (CNN) A Chatham County woman is giving away her 13-acre farm to the winner of an essay contest.

Norma Burns sits in her white wooden chair overlooking the Bluebird Hill Farm, her home for the last 18 years.

But Burns believes it’s time for a new chapter.

“It’s too much work for one person. I’ve worked from dawn til dark for most of the 18 years. My body won’t let me do it anymore,” she said.

So she launched the “Gift of Good Land” essay contest. Contestants must submit a 200-word essay, resume and a $300 entry fee.

However, this contest is not for everyone.

Burns is looking for a special couple who are committed to farm life.

“The first person who called said, ‘Is this for real?’ And I said, ‘Yes it is. It’s for real.'”

Burns’ phone hasn’t stopped ringing about people asking about her farm.

“As soon as it went out it just kind of exploded. I’ve heard from people I haven’t heard from in 20 years. Calling and saying oh I wish I could have that farm. Most of them are too old. So it’s just been a real surprise. A pleasant surprise.”

Burns will choose the 20 best essays, then letting a panel of judges make the final decision.

After she leaves the farm., Burns plans to live in a retirement community in Chapel Hill.

The deadline to submit an essay is Jun. 1.

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BENNETT, N.C. (WNCN) – A Chatham County resident is giving away her 13-acre farm to the winner of an essay contest.

Norma Burns has lived on the Bluebird Hill Farm for for 18 years.

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But Burns believes it is time for a new chapter.

She is setting up an essay contest to win her land.

She is calling the contest “A Gift of Good Land.”

“It’s too much work for one person. I’ve worked from dawn til dark for most of the 18 years. My body won’t let me do it anymore,” Burns said.

The deadline to apply for the farm is coming up on June 1.

Contestants must submit a 200-word essay, resume and a $300 entry fee.

“The first person who called said, ‘Is this for real?’ And I said, ‘This is for real.’ For sure.”

Burns phone has not stopped ringing about her farm.

She plans on picking 20 of the best essays and then handing the final decision process to a jury. An agricultural professional, a conservationist and an attorney will pick the luckily couple.

“As soon as it went out, it just kind of exploded. I’ve heard from people I haven’t heard from in 20 years. Calling and say, ‘Oh, I wish I could have that farm.’ Most of them are too old. It’s just been a real surprise. A pleasant surprise,” Burns said.

After Burns leaves her farm, she plans to live at a Chapel Hill retirement community.

Burns is emotional when talking about what the farm has been to her after all of these years.

“It’s just been everything to me for the last 18 years,” she said.

You can enter the contest here.

Read more on Bluebird Hill Farm at their Facebook page.

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