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Couple Will Give Goat Farm to Winner of Essay Contest

Plus $20K to boot, in Alabama
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2015 4:16 PM CDT
Couple Will Give Goat Farm to Winner of Essay Contest
File photo of a baby goat and her mom.   (AP Photo/The Times-News, Mike Dirks)

If you've ever yearned to be a goat farmer, a couple in Alabama has an essay contest just for you. They plan to give away their 20-acre farm—complete with house, goats, and equipment—to the winning essay writer, reports WAAY-TV. Paul and Leslie Spell of Elkmont hope to get 2,500 participants willing to pay the $150 entry fee, which would allow them to turn over the operation mortgage-free and provide the winner with a $20,000 bonus to boot. They plan to move to Costa Rica to help missionaries set up a goat farm there.

"It's for real," Paul Spell tells of the contest for Humble Heart Farms. "We've had a pretty successful run here and I thought it was time for us to go help someone else." The Spells, who estimate the farm is worth about $350,000, got the idea for the essay contest after reading about the owner of an inn in Maine who did the same. The winner will be announced in October, and the Spells will hang around to teach the ins and outs of goat-cheese-making if needed, notes the Consumerist. (Click to read about that essay contest in Maine.)

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