WASHINGTON, D.C., August 3, 2011 - The National Farm-City Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing links between farm families and urban residents, is now seeking nominations for the first annual Charles Eastin Outstanding Service Award, paying tribute to an outstanding individual who has contributed to Farm-City activities as an advocate for accurate communications between rural and urban audiences.
The award is in honor of Charles "Charlie" Eastin, DVM, who passed away earlier this year and played a fundamental role in Farm-City activities. A board member for many years, Charlie was especially active in planning and initiating Farm-City events in the Lexington, Ky., area.
Nominees to the Charles Eastin Outstanding Service Award can be any person over age 25 who actively has supported national, state or local Farm-City initiatives. He or she can be nominated by anyone active in a Farm-City program.
The award will be presented to the recipient at the National Farm-City Symposium and Farm-City Week kickoff luncheon on November 17, 2011, in Lexington, Ky. The winner will be reimbursed for travel expenses.
Those interested in nominating an individual should go to the National Farm-City Council website at www.farmcity.org for nomination rules and the application form. The completed application should be forwarded by September 30, 2011, to the state Farm-City contact identified on the website.
If no state contact is identified, the application should be endorsed by the local Farm-City organizers and forwarded by September 30, 2011, to National Farm-City Council, P.O. Box 6825, Reading, PA 19610; the National Farm-City Council will verify the credibility of the applicant. State Farm-City contacts should submit the application to [email protected] or to the National Farm-City Council mailing address by October 7, 2011.
Those completing the nomination should describe how this nominee has contributed to the success of Farm-City activities and provide evidence on the impact of this individual's actions in organizing Farm-City events. A three-member committee, including at least one member of the National Farm-City Council, will judge the applications and select the recipient.
The National Farm-City Council works with local organizations with educational programs about people who grow their food. For those interested in organizing a local Farm-City event, go to the National Farm-City website at www.farmcity.org or call 202.406.3706. The National Farm-City Council is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Service Code.