ACAP 50th Anniversary Potato Plot to help fight food insecurity, engage County artists in bag design contest and invite community in at harvest to hand pick field!
About the Project
Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) 50th Anniversary Potato Plot aims to help fight food insecurity, engage County artists in designing a potato bag design and invites community members to harvest potatoes by hand picking. This season-long project calls attention to the significance of The County’s agricultural industry and signature crop, as well as helping to combat food insecurity in the region, and celebrates the 50th anniversary of Aroostook County’s most comprehensive provider of social services.
The initiative is a collaborative of ACAP, G. B. and D. Pelletier Farms of Fort Kent and Northeast Packaging Company (NEPCO) in Presque Isle/Caribou. The Pelletier Family, who owns and farms the land the designated potato plot sits on, is donating the field and the Dark Red Norland potatoes grown in it this summer. NEPCO is donating the production run of the specially designed ACAP 50th Anniversary five pound bags that will hold the potatoes that will be given to County food pantries and stocked in community cupboards region-wide this fall.
About G.B. & D. Pelletier Farms
G. B. & D. Farms plants a total of 1,000 acres of potatoes and 1,000 acres of oats and clover. The 1,000 acres of potatoes include 500 acres of Dark Red Norlands, 200 acres of Caribou Russets, and 300 acres of Russet Burbanks that are shipped to Pineland Farms in Mars Hill. Guerrette Farms in Caribou purchases some of the Dark Red Norlands and then ships them to Walmart stores on the East Coast. The 1,000 acres of oats and clover are shipped to Agromart in Grand Falls, NB.
About Northeast Packaging Company
Northeast Packaging Company’s predecessor and affiliate, C.W. Staples, Inc., began operation in Aroostook County, Maine and neighboring New Brunswick, Canada in the late 1920’s and was incorporated in 1937. The company supplied Maine and Canada farms with farm and shipping supplies. The company was also a potato bag distributor. Northeast Packaging Company was established in 1972 by William Staples, son of the founder, Charles Staples. The company began with one paper bag machine but continued to grow consistently through the 1970’s and 1980’s, adding several more machines making a wide range of multiwall paper bags. In 1993, the company increased production by incorporating a polyethylene bag line as well as adding a line for consumer sized paper bags. All equipment used is state of the art and accommodates the growing need for a diversified product mix.
In April 2008, Northeast Packaging Company purchased Maine Bag of Caribou, Maine. With this purchase NEPCO was able to add more paper machines to its already running fleet in Presque Isle. With this addition, Northeast Packaging is able to service its customer needs at a faster pace than in years past due to increase in productivity. Northeast Packaging now has a total of 9 paper machines, 3 poly presses and 6 wicketer machines. We are proud to say that today the company continues to be family owned and operated.
ACAP is challenging community residents to create a design (artwork) to be used on a Special Five Pound Commemorative Potato Bag in honor of ACAP’s 50th Anniversary. These potato bags, will be printed and produced courtesy of the generosity of Northeast Packaging, and will be filled with potatoes hand harvested this fall from the ACAP 50th Anniversary Potato Plot generously donated and grown by G.B. & D. Pelletier Farms in Fort Kent. Once bagged, the potatoes will be distributed to County food cupboards and pantries this fall to raise awareness of, and help address, the challenge of food insecurity in Aroostook County – and how ACAP, and partner organizations – are helping meet the challenges of thousands of vulnerable households across northern Maine.
The design should creatively capture, in general sense, both Aroostook County Potato farming and ACAP’s 50 years of service to the region.
The design should be done in portrait. Design has a max of 14’’ by 7”.
The design can use a maximum of 4 colors.
No clipart or pre-made templates or designs that are made in or use tutorials for creation will beaccepted.
Photos can be traced only if you own the photo.
Only one entry per person. The winner will be notified, via e-mail, and announced at the Potato Blossom Parade and on the ACAP Facebook and website. All entries will be displayed on-site during the Maine Potato Blossom Festival.
Submission Deadline and Information
Contest begins on May 31, 2022. Submissions will be accepted through July 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. The Winner will be announced on the ACAP Facebook, website and live at the Potato Blossom Parade on Saturday, July 16, 2022.
All entries need to be submitted online. Complete all required questions and upload design at: https://acap-me.org/potato-bag-contest/
The winning design will be selected by the ACAP Community Development Committee with representatives from Northeast Packaging and G.B. & D. Pelletier Farms.
ACAP reserves to right to not select a winner if, at its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.
ACAP reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or entry as its sole discretion.
ACAP reserves the right to choose not to use the winning entry as described in these contest guidelines.
All Entrants affirm their submissions are their own original work, have not been copied from others or from previous designs and do not violate the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.
ACAP shall have the right to adapt, edit, modify, or otherwise use the winning submission in part or in its entirety in whatever manner it deems appropriate.
ACAP reserves the right to use any other entry for promotional or business purposes in the future.
Contest Submission Form
ACAP is challenging Aroostook County Residents to create a design (artwork) to be used on a Special Five Pound Commemorative Potato Bag in honor of ACAP’s 50th Anniversary. These potato bags, will be printed and produced courtesy of the generosity of Northeast Packaging, and will be filled with potatoes hand harvested this fall from the ACAP 50th Anniversary Potato Plot generously donated and grown by G.B. & D. Pelletier Farms in Fort Kent. Once bagged, the potatoes will be distributed to County food cupboards and pantries this fall to raise awareness of, and help address, the challenge of food insecurity in Aroostook County – and how ACAP, and partner organizations – are helping meet the challenges of thousands of vulnerable households across northern Maine.