More than 1.5 million third-grade children across 48 states participated this year in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. Forty-eight state winners are chosen by agricultural commissioners from state to state, and those 48 state winners receive a $1,000 bond toward education.
Bonnie launched the cabbage program 15 years ago in an effort to grow the next generation of gardeners and teach kids where their food comes from.
“The Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program is our way of engaging children in the joy of gardening,” says Stan Cope, president of Bonnie Plants. “Gardening provides children with a safe place to experience nature, discover the cycles of life and develop an understanding of our environment. It also exposes children, first hand, to the benefits of growing your own nutritious food and it’s a great source of physical activity.”
Each year, Bonnie Plants delivers free O.S. Cross, or "oversized," cabbage plants to third-grade classrooms nationwide whose teachers have signed up for the program online at BonniePlants.com. If nurtured and cared for, cabbages can grow bigger than a basketball and tip the scales at nearly 40 pounds.