GIY Challenge

BACKGROUND

GIY COMMUNITY KITCHEN GARDEN COMPETITION

A re-introduction to the agricultural aspects of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition, formerly known as “Clean & Beautify T&T”.  The Ministry of Sport and Community Development successfully implemented a Grow it Yourself Community Kitchen Garden Initiative in 2020 to support the call for increased food production, but focused on a micro level, targeting households within communities.  This initiative took the format of a community-based approach, through a competitive structure, in an effort to provide incentives for persons to adopt home gardening while supplementing household food security.

In keeping with the Ministry of Health’s mandate for encouraging healthy eating habits and lifestyles, the competition focuses on organic farming which could eventually lead to sustainable entrepreneurship, job creation and food security.

BROAD GOALS

  1. Stimulate interest in home gardening within communities
  2. Support Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries seed distribution programme by providing incentives for uptake
  3. Support national call to improve food security through planting of short and long terms crops
  4. Support need for healthier lifestyles in communities
  5. Encourage first time home gardens
  6. Encourage young persons to participate
  7. Stimulate interest in this type of agricultural pursuit of cultivating kitchen gardens by homeowners and small scale gardeners.
  8. Explore agriculture as another avenue to building resilience in communities through the adoption of new family oriented activities
  9. Provides another platform for Best Village programme competition
  10. Encourage /teach use of small spaces to plant a kitchen garden

GROW IT YOURSELF - CORE TENETS

  • Food Security
  • Growing food crops at home
  • Agriculture Education
  • Organic farming
  • Hydroponic farming to combat land shortage and urbanization
  • Aquaponics
  • Composting
  • Promotion of agricultural and agricultural affiliated entrepreneurship ventures

General Overview:

  1. This is a national competition which focuses only on the growth of food crops by non-registered farmers. Persons who are professional farmers, or engage in large scale farming are ineligible for entry.
  2. Expansion of agricultural knowledge in homes and communities.
  3. All gardens should be grown at the home of the competitor or within close proximity of their home.
  4. The judging will be limited to the crops grown within the eight (8) weeks competition period.
  5. In order to raise national awareness of the programme and promote its core tenets, a new sub-category to bring on board Influential persons will be included under the kitchen garden.

The crops which will be judged for the competition are:

Short term (30 days estimate)

  • Amaranthus (Spinach/bhagi)
  • Pak choy
  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Kale
  • Chive (30 days)
  • Carrot Greens
  • Shadon Beni
  • Mustard Greens

Long Term

  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Ochroes (seedlings).
  • Melongene
  • String beans
  1. All competitors must grow at least four (4) of the listed crops in their kitchen garden, to be listed upon registration.
  2. No food crop outside the approved list should be grown in the same garden plot/grow box/bed/pot as the crops being judged.
  3. A group is considered five (5) persons or more and must have a registered bank account in the group’s name.
  4. There will be five (5) main categories and six (6) special categories for judging:

 

Main Categories

  CATEGORY GARDEN SPACE (SQUARE FEET) EXAMPLES OF  SIZES OF GARDENS IN FEET
a)      Small Kitchen Garden          8 – 20 sq. ft. No less than 2ft x 4ft

No more than 5ft x 4ft

b)      Medium Kitchen Garden 21 – 35 sq. ft. No less than 3ft x 7ft

No more than 7ft x 5ft

c)       Large Kitchen Garden         36 – 60 sq. ft. No less than 6ft x 6ft

No more than 12ft x 5ft

d)      Best Hydroponic Kitchen Garden 16 - 60 sq. ft. 3ft x 6ft  or 4ft x 4ft or 6ft x 10ft or 2ft x 8ft or 5ft x 12ft
e) Best Aquaponics Kitchen Garden 16 - 60 sq. ft. 3ft x 6ft or 4ft x 4ft or 6ft x 10ft or 2ft x 8ft or 5ft x 12ft

 

Consideration will be given for the exclusion of drain beds or access footpath between crops.

Special Categories

  • Most Innovative Kitchen Garden
  • Most Sustainable Garden
  • Best Influencer Kitchen Garden
  • People’s Choice
  • Decorative Garden
  • Family Garden
  1. Crops can be planted in any object available (e.g. ground, grow box, pot etc.) and may be of any shape but must:
    1. Be within the close proximity of their property and
    2. Adhere to the recommended square footage for the category.
  2. Influencer's Participation should have an IG or FB or TikTok following of 5,000 persons and over in the following categories: health and wellness, beauty, music, gardening/farming, cooking, entertainment, education, parenting, media and all must be locally based.

  1. All dates will be confirmed during the registration process.
  2. The competition will run for eight (8) weeks, the expected duration for the selected crops to achieve maturation and/or produce.
  3. Each garden must utilize at least four (4) of the listed crops across any category.
  4. Competitors will be required to submit three (3) videos, showcasing their garden, no longer than 90 seconds each before the specified submission date. Videos must not be a series of images/photo collage but a recording of their garden and crops.
  5. When recording, competitors are to describe their garden (size, Hydro or aqua, name of crops, if they are entering special categories. The description can be included in writing in the video or audio.  Competitors must also give their name or name of group.
  6. All videos will be uploaded via the Ministry of Sport and Community Development, GIY microsite.
  7. The videos must be uploaded as per the following schedule
Phases Activity Timelines
Phase 1 Registration
Plants in the ground
1st Video Submission (upload)
April 9th – May 3rd
April 19th – 27th
April 27th – May 3rd
Phase 2 2nd Video Submission (upload)
Evaluation Period (Adjudication)
May 19th to May 21st (closes off at 10:00 p.m. on May 21st)
Phase 3 3rd Video Submission (upload)
Evaluation Period (Final Adjudication)
June 11th to June 14th (closes off at 10:00 p.m. on June 14th)
If your plants have reach the stage of maturity, please take your video before reaping the crops and upload it when submissions are opened
People’s Choice June 11th and ends on June 18th (closes off at 10:00 p.m. on June 18th)

 

  1. Random site visits will be conducted by Ministry Officials, public figures, photographers and videographers throughout the competition.
  2. The People’s Choice will be judged via votes on the microsite in the week following the close of submissions.
  3. All results will be announced within four (4) weeks after the close of competition.
  4. The winners will receive their prizes at an Award Ceremony.

Competitors are encouraged to share their gardening journey by posting “Before Harvest” and “After Harvest” videos and photos on social media, using the hashtags #giy #growityourself #bestvillage #mscd and tagging the Ministry of Sport and Community Development.

Districts

The top three (3) winners will be announced for each of the Eleven (11) Administrative Districts throughout Trinidad and Tobago namely:

  1. St George East
  2. St George West
  3. Victoria East
  4. Victoria West
  5. Caroni South
  6. Caroni North
  7. St Patrick East
  8. St Patrick West
  9. Nariva/Mayaro
  10. St Andrew/St David
  11. Tobago

Qualify and Compete in the Best Influencer Category
You must have over 5,000 followers on either IG, FB or TikTok.You must enter any of the main (5) five categories of the competition.
1. Small Garden
2. Medium Garden
3. Large Garden
4. Hydroponics
5. AquaponicsYou must share each of your videos on your personal social media pages using the following hashtags;
• #giy
• #growityourself
• #bestvillage
• #mscd

You must also tag the Ministry of Sport and Community Development on all GIY posts.

All three (3) videos must also be uploaded to the GIY Challenge Competition website.

The Best Influencer will be judged via votes on the GIY Challenge Influencer site throughout the competition. The final tally of votes for all three (3) videos will be compiled at the end of the competition and the influencer with the most votes will be judged Best Influencer Kitchen Garden.

  1. District categories will be adjudicated by a panel of five (5) judges consisting of members of the community, technical experts nominated by the Ministry of Agriculture and officers from the Ministry of Sport and Community Development.
  2. Overall categories will be adjudicated by a panel of experts as selected by the Ministries of Agriculture and Sport and Community Development.
  3. Most Innovative Kitchen Garden prize will be given to the top competitor with the highest Overall Innovation score in each category.
  4. Most Sustainable Kitchen Garden prize will be given to the top competitor with the highest Sustainability score in each category.
  5. The People’s Choice Award will be issued based on the competitor whose videos achieved the most number of votes on the MSCD’s microsite (The microsite will allow for voting only after the 3rd video submission).
  6. The Best Influencer Garden will be awarded based on the influencer whose videos achieved the most votes on the MSCD’s microsite. (The microsite will allow for voting from the 1st to 3rd video submission for Influencers only)
  7. To be considered for the Best Family Garden, competitors must indicate that they are participating as a family in the comments area when they upload their videos. To qualify for this category, two (2) or more persons from the same household must participate with at least one person, be either a Parent/Guardian. This category will be adjudicated as the other categories. However, family members must be listed or identified, and their video submissions should demonstrate their participation through their roles in the preparation and maintenance of the garden.
  8. The Best Decorative Garden will look at how competitors utilize themes and ornamentals to beautify their gardens, (flowers, glass beads, stones etc.) and general layout to enhance the overall appearance. This will be at the discretion of the judges who are quite competent, possessing the necessary qualification and experience.
  9. The main categories will be adjudicated as follows:
    • Best Kitchen Garden
BEST KITCHEN GARDEN
CATEGORY DESCRIPTION POINTS
Plant/crop health and maturity Overall health of the plants and/or crop. E.g. number of yellow or discolored leaves, signs of pests, level of development for its age, etc. 30pts
Yield/quantity of crop Yield achieved based on the average expectation for the crop. E.g. the number of or size of the crops is larger or smaller than the norm 30pts
Overall Innovation New or underutilized solutions to concerns or drawbacks, in gardening. E.g. plant rotation, watering or fertilizing mechanisms, etc. 15pts
Sustainability "Green" garden practices such as upcycled and recycled materials, water conservation, composting etc. 15pts
Creativity Aesthetic choices e.g. Use of colored fertilizer, or pebbles, inclusion of flowers, garden layout and design etc. 10pts
TOTAL 100pts

  1. District Prizes- Top three (3) gardens in each main category in each of the eleven (11) Districts. 1st place winners will move forward for consideration for the overall prize in their category.
  2. Best Influencer Kitchen Garden
  3. Overall Prizes- Top three (3) gardens in each main
  4. Special Prizes: These will be selected from all thirty (33) District Winners
    • Most Innovative Kitchen Garden
    • Most Sustainable Garden
    • People’s Choice
    • Decorative Garden
    • Family Garden

 

PRIZES BREAKDOWN:

COMMUNITY KITCHEN GARDEN COMPETITION PRIZES
CATEGORY # AMT. PLACING PRIZE $
    SMALL DISTRICT 11 1st $3,000.00
2nd $2,000.00
3rd $1,500.00
OVERALL 1 1st $5,000.00
2nd $3,000.00
3rd $2,000.00
    MEDIUM DISTRICT 11 1st $3,500.00
2nd $2,500.00
3rd $2,000.00
OVERALL 1 1st $6,000.00
2nd $4,000.00
3rd $3,000.00
    LARGE DISTRICT 11 1st $4,500.00
2nd $3,000.00
3rd $2,500.00
OVERALL 1 1st $8,000.00
2nd $6,000.00
3rd $4,500.00
    HYDROPONIC DISTRICT 11 1st $5,000.00
2nd $3,500.00
3rd $3,000.00
OVERALL 1 1st $8,500.00
2nd $6,500.00
3rd $5,000.00
    AQUA-PHONICS DISTRICT 11 1st $5,000.00
2nd $3,500.00
3rd $3,000.00
OVERALL 1 1st $8,500.00
2nd $6,500.00
3rd $5,000.00
    BEST INFLUENCER KITCHEN GARDEN 1st $5,000.00
2nd $3,000.00
3rd $2,000.00
    Special prizes (5 categories) (Per Category) $4,000.00