Education Deserts, Hardworking Worms

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A hand holding a worm above a compost pile
Robin Bennett, an educator at The Garbage Museum in Stratford, Conn. holds a special variety of worm that converts composted garbage and turns it into what looks like dirt, Friday, March 27, 2009. Bob Child/AP Photo

We talk with a higher education reporter and a UW-Madison researcher about “education deserts” in Wisconsin. Then we chat with a Green Bay area farmer who collects food scraps from nearby restaurants to feed her worms, which turn the waste into nutrient-rich compost.

Featured in this Show

  • Wisconsin's Education Deserts

    Most students attend college within 50 miles of their homes. So when public universities in rural areas close, that can create what’s known as an “education desert.” We talk to a reporter from the Wisconsin State Journal and a UW-Madison researcher about Wisconsin’s education deserts.

  • One Farmer’s Compost Collection Efforts

    A farmer in Green Bay has a unique side hustle: collecting food waste from restaurants to feed to her worms, who then turn it into nutrient-rich compost. We talk to her about worm poop and how we can put our food scraps to good use.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Joe Tarr Producer
  • Steven Potter Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Kelly Meyerhofer Guest
  • Joshua Bach-Hanson Guest
  • Donna Yost Guest

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