4-H Radish Contest: Let’s vermicompost
From seed to salad and beyond, radishes have been big this year at UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County.
It started with our 4-H youth development program. Each year, our 4-H program partners with the school gardens program, the Sarasota County 4-H Foundation, and Master Gardener volunteers on a radish growing project aimed at teaching third-grade students basic vegetable planting and care, plus basic science skills, like observational reporting. The project provides seeds, record-keeping workbooks, and planting and growing instructions to students, and supplies teachers with the tools and information needed to administer the project in their classrooms.
For the second year in a row, we added composting activities and education to the program. Our waste reduction program provided composting bins for the contest judges, with the goal of reducing the amount of food waste going to the landfill. The waste reduction agent then took radishes collected from the contest and transferred them to our vemicomposting (composting with worms) bins in our Composting Learning Center.