Kids across America are growing, and earning, a lot of “green” while participating in the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program.
Each year Bonnie Plants, the largest producer of vegetable and herb plants in North America, delivers free O.S. Cross, or “oversized,” cabbage plants to third grade classrooms whose teachers have signed up for the program. If nurtured and cared for, kids can cultivate, nurture and grow giant cabbages, some often weighing over 40 pounds.
This year, more than 1 million third graders in the 48 contiguous states, including 4,086 Mainers, have gotten hands-on gardening experience; growing colossal cabbages with high hopes to win “best in state”, and receive a $1,000 scholarship towards education from Bonnie Plants.
Maine’s Commission of Agriculture selected Aidan Howe of Holden Elementary School as Maine’s State Winner.
“The Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program is a wonderful way to engage children’s interest in agriculture, teaching them not only the basics of gardening, but the importance of our food systems and growing our own…” said Stan Cope, president of Bonnie Plants. “Over the course of the past 15 years, the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program has proved to be an exciting, successful and worth-while experience that children, teachers, parents and grandparents across the country have embraced. We’re certainly extremely proud of our Maine State Winner Aidan Howe. We are grateful to have the opportunity to provide our youth with this enjoyable and enriching opportunity and engage their interest in the art and joy of gardening.”
Teachers can register register now at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/ for the 2018 program. Delivery will be scheduled based on geographic region.
To see the 2017 winners as they come in and learn more about the 2018 contest, please visit: www.bonnieplants.com
About National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program:
In 1996 Bonnie Plants initiated the 3rd Grade Cabbage Program in and around headquarters in Union Springs, Alabama, with a mission to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people and continue to “grow” our next generation of gardeners.
By 2002 the Cabbage Program became a national endeavor. The program awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each participating state. At the end of the season, teachers from each third grade class select the student who has grown the “best” cabbage, based on size and appearance. A digital image of the cabbage and student is submitted online at www.bonnieplants.com. That student’s name is then entered in a statewide drawing. State winners are randomly selected by the office of the Commission of Agriculture in each of the 48 participating states.