Third graders to grow cabbages


For a chance at a $1,000 scholarship

By Joan Casanova - Contributing Columnist



Photo courtesy Bonnie Plants This girl is justifiably proud of the cabbage she grew as part of the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. The program is free to any third grade classroom in the country and third grade teachers can register now at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/ for the 2018 program. Bonnie Plants will truck 2” cabbage plants to every 3rd grade classroom in the country, in spring, whose teachers have registered, online, for the program. At the end of the growing season, teachers in the participating classes select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state-wide scholarship drawing. This girl’s cabbage was the Kansas winner of a previous year’s Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program.


Photo courtesy Bonnie Plants Cabbage plants like this one are trucked by Bonnie Plants free of charged to third grade classrooms whose teachers have registered their classroom to participated in the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. The program is designed to give third graders the opportunity to grow huge cabbages in their own backyards. The purpose of the program is to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people and teach children, with first-hand experience, where their food comes from. At the end of the growing season, teachers in the participating classes select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state-wide scholarship drawing. The program is free to any third grade classroom in the country and third grade teachers can register now at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/ for the 2018 program.


Photo courtesy Bonnie Plants These third graders react with delight to receiving the cabbage plants they will be planting, cultivating, and harvesting at home through the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. The purpose of the program is to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people and teach children, with first-hand experience, where their food comes from. The program is free to any third grade classroom in the country and third grade teachers can register now at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/ for the 2018 program. At the end of the growing season, teachers in the participating classes select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state-wide scholarship drawing.


Photo courtesy Bonnie Plants This boy is all smiles as he displays the cabbage he grew at home through the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. The program is free to any third grade classroom in the country and third grade teachers can register now at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/ for the 2018 program. Bonnie Plants delivers the free plants to participating third grade classrooms and the students in those classes then grow the cabbages at home. At the end of the growing season, teachers in the participating classes select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state-wide scholarship drawing. This boy’s cabbage was the Alabama winner of a previous year’s Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program.


Vegetable gardening teaches kids where food comes from, healthy eating and gets them outdoors, engaging with nature.

A great way to get kids started in the garden is the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program, it’s free to any third grade classroom in the country and 3rd grade teachers can register NOW at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/ for the 2018 program. Bonnie Plants trucks 2” cabbage plants to every 3rd grade classroom in the country, in spring, whose teachers have registered, online, for the program. Registration is quick and easy!

In 1996, Bonnie Plants initiated the 3rd Grade Cabbage Program, in and around headquarters in Union Springs, Alabama; by 2002 the program included participation in the 48 contiguous states with more than a million children growing huge cabbages in their own backyards! Bonnie’s mission is to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people and teach children, with first-hand experience, where their food comes from. Each year, Bonnie Plants, the largest producer of vegetables in herbs in North America, with 80 greenhouse growing facilities, serving 48 states, trucks more than 1 million, free O.S. Cross cabbage plants to 3rd Grade classrooms across the country. O.S. stands for oversized… these cabbages can grow upwards of 40 pounds making this unique initiative quite engaging and enjoyable for kids!

Teachers distribute the 2” cabbage plants Bonnie delivers, with instructions, provided by Bonnie, to students to carry home and grow. At the end of the growing season, teachers select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state-wide scholarship drawing. The 48 state winners are randomly selected by each state’s Department of Agriculture, and Bonnie Plants awards a $1,000 scholarship for education to one student in each state.

As one of the first companies to sponsor a national vegetable gardening initiative for kids, Bonnie Plants has delivered over 15 million cabbage plants, nationwide, in the past 16 years, fostering a growing interest in gardening, healthy eating, and the environment.

“The Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program is a wonderful way to engage children’s interest in agriculture, while 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. This unique, innovative program exposes children to agriculture and demonstrates, through hands-on experience, where food comes from. The program also affords our youth with some valuable life lessons in nurture, nature, responsibility, self-confidence and accomplishment”.

Why a cabbage? Cabbages were the first successful crop sold by Bonnie in 1918. The cabbages used for the 3rd grade program are OS Cross (Over-sized), which is known for producing giant, oversized heads, making the process even more exciting for kids. The biggest cabbage grown in the contest, to date, weighed in at 75 pounds!

For more information on the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program please visit www.bonnieplants.com

Photo courtesy Bonnie Plants This girl is justifiably proud of the cabbage she grew as part of the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. The program is free to any third grade classroom in the country and third grade teachers can register now at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/ for the 2018 program. Bonnie Plants will truck 2” cabbage plants to every 3rd grade classroom in the country, in spring, whose teachers have registered, online, for the program. At the end of the growing season, teachers in the participating classes select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state-wide scholarship drawing. This girl’s cabbage was the Kansas winner of a previous year’s Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Cabbage-4.jpgPhoto courtesy Bonnie Plants This girl is justifiably proud of the cabbage she grew as part of the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. The program is free to any third grade classroom in the country and third grade teachers can register now at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/ for the 2018 program. Bonnie Plants will truck 2” cabbage plants to every 3rd grade classroom in the country, in spring, whose teachers have registered, online, for the program. At the end of the growing season, teachers in the participating classes select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state-wide scholarship drawing. This girl’s cabbage was the Kansas winner of a previous year’s Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program.

Photo courtesy Bonnie Plants Cabbage plants like this one are trucked by Bonnie Plants free of charged to third grade classrooms whose teachers have registered their classroom to participated in the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. The program is designed to give third graders the opportunity to grow huge cabbages in their own backyards. The purpose of the program is to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people and teach children, with first-hand experience, where their food comes from. At the end of the growing season, teachers in the participating classes select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state-wide scholarship drawing. The program is free to any third grade classroom in the country and third grade teachers can register now at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/ for the 2018 program.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Cabbage-2.jpgPhoto courtesy Bonnie Plants Cabbage plants like this one are trucked by Bonnie Plants free of charged to third grade classrooms whose teachers have registered their classroom to participated in the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. The program is designed to give third graders the opportunity to grow huge cabbages in their own backyards. The purpose of the program is to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people and teach children, with first-hand experience, where their food comes from. At the end of the growing season, teachers in the participating classes select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state-wide scholarship drawing. The program is free to any third grade classroom in the country and third grade teachers can register now at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/ for the 2018 program.

Photo courtesy Bonnie Plants These third graders react with delight to receiving the cabbage plants they will be planting, cultivating, and harvesting at home through the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. The purpose of the program is to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people and teach children, with first-hand experience, where their food comes from. The program is free to any third grade classroom in the country and third grade teachers can register now at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/ for the 2018 program. At the end of the growing season, teachers in the participating classes select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state-wide scholarship drawing.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Cabbage.jpgPhoto courtesy Bonnie Plants These third graders react with delight to receiving the cabbage plants they will be planting, cultivating, and harvesting at home through the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. The purpose of the program is to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people and teach children, with first-hand experience, where their food comes from. The program is free to any third grade classroom in the country and third grade teachers can register now at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/ for the 2018 program. At the end of the growing season, teachers in the participating classes select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state-wide scholarship drawing.

Photo courtesy Bonnie Plants This boy is all smiles as he displays the cabbage he grew at home through the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. The program is free to any third grade classroom in the country and third grade teachers can register now at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/ for the 2018 program. Bonnie Plants delivers the free plants to participating third grade classrooms and the students in those classes then grow the cabbages at home. At the end of the growing season, teachers in the participating classes select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state-wide scholarship drawing. This boy’s cabbage was the Alabama winner of a previous year’s Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Cabbage-3.jpgPhoto courtesy Bonnie Plants This boy is all smiles as he displays the cabbage he grew at home through the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. The program is free to any third grade classroom in the country and third grade teachers can register now at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com/ for the 2018 program. Bonnie Plants delivers the free plants to participating third grade classrooms and the students in those classes then grow the cabbages at home. At the end of the growing season, teachers in the participating classes select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state-wide scholarship drawing. This boy’s cabbage was the Alabama winner of a previous year’s Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program.
For a chance at a $1,000 scholarship

By Joan Casanova

Contributing Columnist

This story was written by Joan Casanova of the Green Earth Media Group.

This story was written by Joan Casanova of the Green Earth Media Group.

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