Have you always dreamed of running a little organic farm, but could never afford land prices? Norma Burns, owner of Bluebird Hill Farm in North Carolina, is planning to give her 12.88 acre farm away for next to nothing. Aspiring homesteaders need only submit a $300 entry fee, fill out a brief entry form with their resumes, and pen a 200-word essay titled “Why We Want to Own and Operate Bluebird Hill Farm.”
Burns, an architect and farmer, wants to help out a couple embarking on the farming lifestyle by giving away the land she’s owned for nearly 20 years. She said, “I’m looking for a like-minded couple who have experience and training in organic farming and are willing and able to put in the long days and hard work that farming requires. The only thing they don’t have is an actual farm. I want to make it possible for these new farmers to get started.” She’ll be moving on to urban life in Raleigh, but wants to leave her farm to a couple who will cultivate and love it.
So she started the Bluebird Hill Farm Essay Contest. The winners will receive the title to the farm, which is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture and worth around $450,000.
Those interested can check out pictures of the farm house here. The two-bedroom home features a dining room with antique furniture, kitchen with tons of storage, light-filled day room, what Burns calls an evening room, laundry closet, and front porch. The barn is around 200-years-old, according to Burns, and also houses a garden room and shop. There’s a chicken coop, distiller, greenhouse, and farm cat on the property too. If you have questions, Burns requests you reach out to her through the farm’s Facebook page.
Entries must be submitted by mail to Essay Contest, P.O. Box 851, Siler City, NC, 27344, USA. The contest ends June 1, 2017, and winners will be announced around June 30, 2017.
Images via Bluebird Hill Farm Facebook