While Royal Oak Forward searches for a new piece of land for the Royal Oak Community Farm, it is also looking for a local pet to act as the farm's mascot for the year.
“Our core group of volunteers were meeting and we were talking about how much people in Royal Oak love their animals,” said David Baldwin of Royal Oak Forward. “It got us thinking. A week later, I came up with the idea for a contest.”
The Community Farm was started two years ago and grows a variety of organic crops. The farm closed out its lease in December with its site on 11 Mile near Campbell owned by the Royal Oak school district.
Do you have a “likable” dog?
Royal Oak Forward wants pet lovers to send in pictures of their pet to be posted onto the community farm’s Facebook friend page. The winning mascot will be the pet whose photograph gets highest number of Facebook ‘likes.’
“We’ll use the mascot in parades and other fundraising events, if the owner agrees,” said Baldwin. “We want the pet to be a part of the farm.”
The mascot's photograph will also be used in the Royal Oak Community Farm's branding efforts.
The first official role the winning pet will enjoy is walking with its owner in the Royal Oak St Patrick’s Day Parade on Mar. 10.
Enter your pet
If you are interested in participating in the contest, email a picture of your pet along with its name and description to firstname.lastname@example.org by Mar. 5. The winning pet will be determined on Mar. 8 and announced on Facebook.
In addition bragging rights, the owner of the winning pet will also receive a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) half share valued at $425. The CSA share is being provided by the partnership between the Royal Oak Community Farm and City Farms. CSA shares consist of approximately seven types of just-harvested veggies and herbs provided each week throughout the entire harvest season.