March 5, 2022

It’s time for the GLC Video Challenge!


More than 500 people watched and voted for the videos created by local high school students (grades 9-12) for the annual Grayson LandCare (GLC) contest last year. Let’s build on that success!

The Grayson LandCare Video Challenge asks students to make a 5-10-minute video of an idea that would make our county better; economically, environmentally, or as a community.  Rural areas like ours are facing many challenges, and we encourage you to search TED talks, YouTube and other media for examples of how people are addressing these challenges.  Then find a creative way to present what YOU think could be done in Grayson County.

All videos will be posted on the GLC YouTube channel.    A committee of judges will review all entries and select 10 videos for final judging. This will include a brief interview via ZOOM. The 3 videos will be awarded cash prizes. In addition, to increase awareness and enthusiasm for your ideas, the public is invited and encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice winner.  Prizes are as follows:

1st place $1000

2nd place $500       People’s Choice $500

3rd place $250


1. Be a student in Grades 9-12 in Grayson County or the City of Galax. This includes homeschoolers.

2. Create a written outline to guide your video.  This will be submitted as a Word document or a PDF and will be judged for clarity. 

  1. Identify a problem or a need you see in our community – it can be agricultural, economic, cultural, or related to health and the environment and feasible to accomplish here in Grayson County or Galax.
  2. Propose a solution – a product, business, service, or system that addresses the problem, which you can explain in video format.
  3. Explain how your solution works – who does it help? How does it help?
  4. Describe the obstacles that need to be overcome to implement your idea.
  5. Highlight the final goal and successful outcome.

3. Create a video. Using your outline as a guide, team up with one or two of your friends (teams are limited to 3) use your phone and your artistic, acting, directing, and social media skills to create an original video that helps your audience understand your project.

4. Important! Please review the all the information below.

5. Each participant must submit this Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian allowing their video to be posted on the GLC YouTube channel and other social media with their video submission.
You will need Adobe Reader on your computer to download the form.  

6. Email your outline, consent forms and video or a link to the video to by Tuesday April 12th, 2022.  Make sure you attached the consent forms for each team member.  The Competition Committee will review all videos and select the top 10. Those students will be contacted to schedule a 20-minute Zoom meeting the week of April 25-29.  Winners will be announced Monday May 2nd.

Video Guidelines

The Grayson LandCare Video Challenge offers students in grades 9-12 in Grayson County and Galax a chance to use the experience and knowledge gained from taking courses virtually and communicating via social media to create a video presentation based on one, or any, of Grayson LandCare’s three themes: enhancing the welfare of our community, local economy, and natural resources through sustainable and creative models of their own design. You don’t have to be a scientist – you just need to want to make our community a great place to be!

You may use whatever format – song, dance, poem, skit, demonstration or talk- that is best suited to your topic. 

Keep it positive. No nudity or vulgarity. This isn’t about life hacks, political rants, lifestyle influencing, or memes for memes sake. You can look to social media for inspiration and information, but no plagiarism please.

The public will choose a People’s Choice winner. In addition, a panel of judges from local agencies and organizations and regional universities will assess your videos based on the criteria outlined in the table below.

Judging criteriaPossible Points
Video is professional, creative and clearly explains the project10
Student or team clearly articulates the benefits of their project to
the livelihoods, the environment, and quality of life in
Grayson County and/or Galax
Student or team acknowledges some of the challenges of the project 5
The project is feasible in our area5
Project total 30

Video Ideas

Remember, the areas are envirnoment, economy and community.  As long as it’s an idea you can implement in our community, it’s wide open.

There are millions of videos on YouTube.  I picked these 2 examples because they are by teenagers.

From TEDx-Teen- how to live a zero-waste lifestyle:

TEDX-Teen-how to improve my neighborhood

Here’s a link to the winners last year.


Local Organizations:

Grayson LandCare at

Independence Farmers Market

Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority

Crossroads Institute

Regional/State Organizations:

Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications

Blue Ridge Permaculture Network Resources

Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition

Virginia Association for Biological Farming

Sustain Floyd Resources Page

Links for Project Ideas

Check out these links for project ideas, guidance, and resources. Access the links to the book publishers where you can find lots of creative ideas just by reading through the book titles. You can then do further research or request the book from your school or county library.

 Youth Business How-To

Service-Learning Project Ideas

Chelsea Green Books publishes books focused on sustainability

New Society Publishers publishes books on sustainability

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Learning Center to find books, bulletins, videos, and fact sheets on sustainable agriculture.

Past Project Titles:

Here is a sample of some of the past projects that have been presented:

  • Grayson County Community Orchard
  • Grayson County Community Garden
  • Medicinal Greenhouses
  • Harvesting Wind Energy
  • Methanol from Saw Dust
  • Commercial Composting
  • Environmentally Friendly, All Natural Cleaning Products and Toiletries
  • Creating and Marketing Eco-Friendly Fertilizers and Pesticides
  • Creation of an Elk Creek Community Center
  • Creation of a Community Coffee Shop
  • Starting a Garden at the Nursing Home
  • Sustainable Sheep Farming in Grayson County
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and Riparian Buffers
  • Raising Meat Rabbits in Grayson County
  • Raising Alpacas in Grayson County
  • Setting up a County-Wide Bee Hive Business
  • Creating a Business Selling Organic Free Range Eggs
  • Bird Watching Tourism
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Converting Homes to be More Energy Efficient
  • Creating a Solar-Powered Greenhouse
  • Building a Dog Bed Using Recycled Materials

Check out the report from 2017’s $1000 first-place winner 2017 Land Stewardship Winner

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