Urban Farm Commercial: Take 1

peppers6Gardeners and farmers? Listen up:

If the reports from sixth graders are any indication, they have a unique and organic way to grow bigger — and tastier peppers.

Our resident scientists from Near West Intergenerational School taste-tested a variety of peppers that were grown with and without zebra mussel shell compost. Students had a chance to work with container gardening last summer, and they also taste-tested some peppers grown with amended soil.

Here’s what they had to say:

pepperX“Dear gardener, you should use Zebra Mussel compost in your garden. We observed that they tasted better and were bigger. The Zebra Mussels are easy to get and are a nuisance to the Great Lakes. If you do, your crops will grow better.”

Sincerely,

Vincent

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“I think people should use the zebra compost because it is more good and healthier. Zebra compost helps the plants grow more faster. The peppers that were grown with the zebra compost were darker and big and fat.” – Farrah

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peppers4X“I would recommend to a farmer to use zebra mussels, shells, chicken poo and sawdust because it works well for vegetables. In science class, we had a taste test for peppers. They were super good. Also, because it helps our lake and our fish.” – Angus

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“Gardeners should use a compost similar to zebra mussel shells. Zebra mussel shells make them sweeter and bigger, so crops will get more vegetables to feed people. Also, when you want a more non-flavorful vegetable, you should use a compost not similar, so it depends.” – Anaria

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“I would recommend that a gardener should use the zebra mussel compost because it makes the plants grow taller, such as the pepper that grew to be 21 cm.” – Riley

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“I would like to recommend gardeners use the zebra mussel compost because it grows quicker and vegetables look fresher and tastes really good. When a vegetable or fruit is ripe, you should compare the zebra mussel compost and regular soil.” – Danelis

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“I would recommend that gardeners use the zebra mussel compost because we tasted the peppers and tested how long they were. It should be a great source for our food stores and homes. And how it tasted, it should be good.” – Kaliyah

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“You should use our compost that we made at NWIS.” – Serenity

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“My recommendation to a gardener is to make your own zebra mussel compost so it would be fresh. Water it a lot, like every day.” – Wynter

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“Keep using the zebra compost for your crops. The outcomes we saw in the peppers that were grown in the zebra compost was that the peppers grew very big.” – Aliza