Sandra Burkholder Wins the So Nice “A Better Organic World” Contest


So Nice, one of Canada's leading organic soy beverage brands, is pleased to announce the winner of its So Nice "A Better Organic World" contest. Sandra Burkholder of Barriere, BC won the Grand Prize of $5,000 to help execute her sustainable plan, The Darfield Earthship.

In her winning contest entry, Sandra Burkholder stated that she would spend $5,000 toward a better organic world on teaching and demonstrating a sustainable lifestyle. In July 2009, her family began building an earthship – a sustainable house built of used tires and pop cans. Burkholder said they would invest the $5,000 in developing teaching tools to educate the many visitors that they have, and will continue to have, once their earthship is completed in early 2011 …

“Since we found out we were the Grand Prize winners, we've had a hard time keeping it to ourselves while all the details were being finalized,” said Burkholder. “The first thing we are planning to do is to create signage to explain how an earthship integrates green building methods, water conservation, organic growing techniques and renewable energy into one home. We hope to educate the hundreds of visitors we receive each year, and perhaps to inspire them to live greener, better organic lives."

Sandra Burkholder’s entry was chosen out of 20 contest finalists by a 6-person independent judging panel, consisting of (in alphabetical order):

Lindsay Coulter

Élise Desaulniers

Valerie Lugonja

Celine MacKay

Raul Pacheco

Kate Trgovac

The judges are thrilled with the outcome of the contest. As noted by Kate Trgovac, “people are inspired to change by others who have taken the plunge before them. That’s why the Darfield Earthship project is important and was selected as the winner – they are already doing what the rest of us need to do to make the world a more organic place.” The judges statements echo that sentiment, with Valerie Lugonja adding that “though there were many excellent entries, there were a couple of extra-ordinary ones. This family has not only built their entire home and world according to their fervent beliefs and commitment to live a sustainable life, they are also educating the public by inviting visitors into their home and their world to share with them this very personal experience… personal implementation and a passionate sharing of that experience through education are critical to any change.”

The So Nice “A Better Organic World” contest ran from August 16 to December 31, 2010 and resulted in 500+ entries from across North America.

About So Nice:
So Nice, one of Canada's leading organic soy beverage brands, enables consumers to make smart choices for a healthy lifestyle and a better world. Through the exclusive use of non-GMO, organic soybeans grown in North America in its range of good-tasting soy beverages, So Nice is able to ensure its products meet the highest ethical standards. Made by Earth's Own Food Company Inc. (formerly Soyaworld Inc.), Canada's industry-leading soy beverage company, So Nice products are produced at facilities in BC, Ontario and Quebec, thus minimizing the impact transportation of its goods has on the environment. For more information, visit

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