Registration for the Third Annual Plant-a-Seed Challenge has begun. The 2023 “Plant a Seed” contest crop this year is Eggplant. Once again, I am challenging Virgin Islanders to have fun planting seeds and starting home gardens with their families. Each contestant who registers in one of the 4 age categories will receive Eggplants seeds and enough soil to germinate the seeds. Contestants must use the initial seeds and soil provided by the program. There are 4 different age groups- Group 1: Ages 5-10, Group 2: 11-13, Group 3: 14-17, and Group 4: Adults 18 years and older. Contestants in each group will be judged on the following criteria: A Journal uploaded at www.senatormiltonpotter.com.mmm. The journal must include the following:
The height of the plants every 4 weeks.
The total number and weight of eggplants produced.
The estimated value of the crop if sold in local stores.
Photos of the contestant
planting the seeds
transplanting the plant
taking care of the plant
harvesting and weighing the crops
Contestants will also receive points for the use of creative, recycled/reused materials. Cash and other prizes will be awarded to the winners in each group. All contestants will receive a participation certificate and a coupon for Armstrong Ice Cream. Contestants will have the opportunity to view an instructional video provided by the UVI Extension Service and participate in a WhatsApp group chat. The group chat will provide suggestions and guidance on what to expect from your crops as well as a vehicle for contestants to ask questions and share their experience throughout the contest.