Tuesday, February 22, 2011

how to win a new banjo!

I am trying to come up with a way to get some blog readers some banjos for Banjo Equinox: the Spring Banjo Class we'll be doing here online. A lot of folks commented and said it would be be fun to learn, but they can't afford a new banjo. I decided to give one away on the blog here: but I also can not afford a new banjo. So I have an idea. How about everyone who wants a chance to win a new banjo, puts in a small donation to the farm marked "Banjo Equinox" We'll make it something everyone can afford, and then I'll use the donations from the entrants to buy and deliver the new banjo to the random winner (I'll use a number generator to be as fair as possible). I think we can get enough entrants to get a humble beginner clawhammer banjo package: the Bean Blossom Hobo for the winner. If we don't, I'll find a way to scratch up the difference.

Now, if there is donations over the the amount for the banjo package (around $279 at Banjohut.com, which comes with a set up banjo, case, tuner, book, strap, and picks) then the rest will remain in the farm donation pot. That money will be used to build a turkey pen off the back of the red barn this summer.

This way a reader gets a brand new banjo for the class delivered to their door for a few dollars, and everyone who doesn't win gets a chance to help the farm and keep this place running into spring. I won't set any dollar amount for the entry to win the banjo. If you want to donate a dollar, then donate a dollar. If you want to donate five dollars, donate five dollars. If you want to donate 25 cents, then donate 25 cents. I'll start off by putting $25 into the pot as the host. Winner will be announced March 15th! So if you want in on a chance to win a fine banjo, enter tonight!





58 Comments:

Blogger Gelfling said...

Done!

February 22, 2011 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Mama said...

A great idea, Jenna. I just donated. Hope to win, but if not, I'm gonna squeeze the price of a banjo out of our coffee can.

February 22, 2011 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Dawn Dutton said...

Good idea. I just donated! How fun!

February 22, 2011 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I love this idea. (I am a lurker, usually, but wanted you to know how inspiring I find your blog. We are on a homesteading journey, ourselves, and your blog gives me inspiration and perspective.)

Hope to win, if not, happy to have helped.

February 22, 2011 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Tru Vani said...

Excellent! Count me and my donation in, and thanks for the chance to win and help support the farm :)

February 22, 2011 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Great idea! I'd love to win but I'm glad to have the opportunity to support CAF as thanks for all the enjoyment I have reading your blog. My fingers are crossed!

February 22, 2011 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Great idea! I'd love to win but, if not, am glad to support CAF as thanks for all of the enjoyment I get out of reading your blog. My fingers are crossed!

February 22, 2011 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Sorry for the two responses. Technical problems.

February 22, 2011 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Spudknit said...

Done! I love banjo music! BTW, if I win my address is different than on the papal info. Just in case, you know. :)

February 22, 2011 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Shari said...

Great idea! I just donated. I have been thinking about how much I would like to learn an instrument lately. Perhaps down the road you could do this with a fiddle?

February 22, 2011 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

Just donated a bit. Good luck to everyone! How fun.

February 22, 2011 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Just donated a little bit. Wish it could be more, just found out my job is being "reorganized" in 2 weeks. SO a banjo would sure help twang away the blues. :)

Either way I'm gonna find me a banjo and learn to play along with the rest.

February 22, 2011 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger mdoe37 said...

Count me in!

February 22, 2011 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Just donated a little and got my fingers crossed.

February 22, 2011 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Ducky said...

Did it!

February 22, 2011 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger butterflycow said...

I just entered for my 13 year old son who has desperately wanted to play banjo for 9 years.. It would be remarkable if he won and got to take online lessons/classes with CAF players..

To everyone who enters..
"Good Luck"
but all my wishes to my son Eli
Melanie

February 22, 2011 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

An option for those that don't win: handbuilt banjos from common items: ham-cans, cake pans, pots, cardboard. They are actually _very_ traditional, as many folks even couldn't afford a craftsmen version. They can be made from just about any can, however, the old style ham cans are supposed to be the best. If you do build one, watch out how its scaled--different plans use various (non-banjo) scales.

Here's some museum pieces for inspiration: http://www.museumofappalachia.org/veWebsite/exhibit1/e10064a.htm
View the full exhibit here: http://www.museumofappalachia.org/veWebsite/exhibit1/vexid1.htm

February 22, 2011 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger WeekendFarmer said...

Hi there! just a thought....you might want to wait a little before you shear the sheep. March might be too early in upstate NY. In New Jersey, we target April...

The flock might be too cold in March if they dont have the coats. Just a thought : ). Happy Srping!!!

February 23, 2011 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Thank you all! We're about 100.00 short of affording the banjo, so if you are still considering entering - not a lot of folks did so you're chances are good!

February 23, 2011 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

I'm in!!!

February 23, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger sloejennfizz said...

I'm in too!

February 23, 2011 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger MIB said...

Just made a donation in honor of my husband, who's always wanted to learn the banjo and is having a birthday in a few weeks!

February 23, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

How exciting! I donated for I have always wanted to learn how to play the banjo. Their sound is so comforting to me.

February 23, 2011 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Just donated and crossing all my fingers and toes. What an absolutely fantastic idea! I've been having a lot of fun with my strumstick, but the being able to play a banjo has always been my dream. Best of luck to everyone!!

February 23, 2011 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger City Girl said...

I'm in! How fun is this! Great idea, Jenna.

Diana

February 23, 2011 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Mary M. said...

Me, too! Long time reader, first time contributor ;-)

February 23, 2011 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

Just donated. I am excited!!!

February 23, 2011 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger MIB said...

Hey, Jenna, how close are you to being able to pick? The suspense is killing me!

February 23, 2011 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Lindsey G. said...

Just donated, my fingers are crossed. Thanks for sharing such an amazing journey with us, I live in Northern CA, and have never lived in snow, so I love seeing the change of seasons on here! You're one amazing woman!!

February 23, 2011 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Adrian said...

Happy to donate to a good cause, and a banjo would be nice too!

February 23, 2011 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger jen said...

I can't afford much as my husband just lost his job and we found out we're being sued...but I'd love to win!

February 23, 2011 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Lara Katherine Mountain Colley said...

Count me in! What a great way to make banjo pickin' dreams come true!

February 23, 2011 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I'm in!

February 23, 2011 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Tigersmom said...

Donated to the fund.. fingers and toes crossed :)

February 23, 2011 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Big Al said...

Great idea

February 23, 2011 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger karental said...

I donated.

February 23, 2011 at 7:44 PM  
OpenID jessieshires.com said...

Done!

February 23, 2011 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

I'm in there. Even if I don't win the banjo, I can't wait for the classes. Here's hoping!!!

February 23, 2011 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger ta2mee said...

Oh man, do we really have to wait until March 15th to find out who won? I've only been waiting since last night and the suspense is already killing me! Good luck everyone =)

February 23, 2011 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Super idea !!! Just donated.
Never played an instrument,can't read music but am sure going to give the Banjo a whirl -your banjo blog & video tweaked my interest
Enjoy all your blogs
From your Northern (Canuk) Neighbour

February 23, 2011 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger CK said...

After watching Mumford & Sons with the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan at the Grammys...I've been wanting to follow through on a long-time dream of learning to play fiddle or banjo. Here goes!

February 23, 2011 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Infinite Possibilities said...

I love the banjo AND your farm. Yay. A win-win. :)

February 23, 2011 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger FTM Farmer said...

I donated. I would like to be considered for the drawing as well. I realize that I didn't donate a lot, but we running low on funds around here lately. Maybe the sound of a banjo would lighten the mood up around here.

February 23, 2011 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger sara amber said...

just added a little somethin' to the pot. count me in, lady!

February 23, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger wood stoves and rushing rivers said...

Awesome. i just donated :D

February 24, 2011 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I donated on the 22nd but keep forgetting to comment! :) What an awesome idea....I had a banjo on my Christmas list but Santa didn't oblige, so this would be perfect!

February 24, 2011 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger wanda barrett said...

I've donated toward the banjo.

February 25, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger downeast becka said...

thanks for the opportunity! from one small farm to another...

February 25, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger delpasored said...

Best of luck everyone. I hope to win the banjo or at least have a turkey named after me!

February 25, 2011 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Cindi and Matt said...

I'm in!! (no worries that I'm from above the 49th.. I can pick it up either in person or at my American mailbox. ;)
*warming up my picking fingers now..*

February 26, 2011 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

hot dog!! Its exciting just thinking of possibly winning... I hear my neighbor picking on the porch most summer evenings and it is a calming sound...

March 2, 2011 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Sprite said...

Donation done! Great impetus to donate to CAF! I'm excited to see who wins and to support the farm. I wrote "Banjo Equinox" in the note. I hope that was correct.

March 10, 2011 at 2:30 AM  
Blogger Joe and Jeannie Family said...

So excited! Hope I win. . .

March 10, 2011 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

Fun contest! Just donated...thanks for the opportunity to win!

March 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

Oops...I forgot to put Banjo Equinox anywhere, though.

March 10, 2011 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Thanks for the chance! good luck to everyone!

March 10, 2011 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger Spiderjohn said...

I'm in Jenna.. just donated.

March 11, 2011 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Just donated - thanks for the chance to win!

March 14, 2011 at 4:28 PM  

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