Story by Matt Young. Pictured above: Allison Hartman, NC’s 2010 Winner – Walnut Cove Elementary, Walnut Cove, NC
Cary, N.C. – I found this interesting, being a guy who likes kids, education ideas, gardening and…well…oddities.
For years, The Bonnie Plant Company has been delivering free cabbage plants to third grade classrooms whose teachers sign up to participate in their Annual Third Grade Cabbage Program. Students each get their very own cabbage to plant, care for and harvest.
The plants produce gigantic heads, making the process even more exciting for kids.
As part of the program, Bonnie gives a $1,000 award to one student in each state.
Cary Teachers – Register Now
The registration date is April 30. Register here. One of the Bonnie spokespersons told me the registration date is wrong on the website and is being fixed this week.
“First launched in 1995, the program awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each participating state. At the end of the season, teachers from each class will select the student who has grown the “best” cabbage, based on size and appearance. A picture of the cabbage and the student entry is submitted to Bonnie Plants by mail or online. That student’s name is then entered in a statewide drawing. The winners of each state’s drawing are randomly selected by the Commission of Agriculture, state by state,” says Joan Casanova, Bonnie Spokesperson.
We’d love to hear stories from any local teachers that try this program out!
“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” – Mark Twain