Radishes for Adoption

Radishes for Adoption: Growing Experiments

The purple Radish is a sturdy, fast-growing plant that makes for a gratifying growing experience because it sprouts after one, two days and displays the ripening of its fruit above the soil.

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Before outsourcing the radish growing to strangers I did my own tests and planted the seeds in various different containers to see how much soil and light/access is needed. One intention of Radish for Adopters was to utilize available resources (= low footprint) in the homes of the participants. Below are a few growing samples I did back in April 2009 (from seed to veggie) where I turned used packaging into veritable planters...

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Growing Radish in a Condom (latex)

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Growing Radish in a Coffee Can (aluminum)

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Growing Radish in a Balloon (rubber)

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Growing Radish in a Wine Glass

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Growing Radish in an Egg Container (PET)

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Growing Radish in a Zip Lock Bag (polyethylene)

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Growing Radish in a Yoghurt Cup (coated paper)

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Growing Radish in a Gardener's Glove (wool)

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Urban Farmers Japan
A Network of Food Producers in the City

RADISHES FOR ADOPTION is an initiative that supports the playful transition of verandas, backyards, window boxes, rooftops and unused space into tiny organic food production areas.

This program invited 30 very diverse households regardless of age, income, available space, gardening experience or lifestyle. While the Radish Adopters become the primary caretakers, they are getting ongoing support and education from the organizers. The motivation behind Urban Farmers Japan (UFJ) is to build relationships around local food production, mitigating the environmental impact of our current food system, and reconnect people to the earthy essentials of life.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Currently Japan imports 61% of its food and 70% of the nation's three million farmers are 60 years or older.
(Source: The New York Times; Japan's Rice Farmers Fear Their Future Is Shrinking; March 29, 2009)

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C R E D I T S

Radishes for Adoption would have been impossible without the incredible dedication and support of Makiko Hori, Mie Matsuoka, Tagaki-san, and last but not least Yuka Saito. I am also grateful for the open-minded adopters throughout Kyoto (and Osaka) who offer their care and home for my radishes and agreed to meet with me once a week.