Elementary student’s giant cabbage snares $1,000 from Bonnie Plants

Posted on: January 25, 2019 | Written By: Everybody Gardens | Comments

A Western Pennsylvania elementary student earned some cabbage for growing a giant (and we mean giant) cabbage.

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Courtesy of Bonnie Plants

Lily Ries participated in the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program and was randomly drawn as Pennsylvania’s winner.

Lily, now a fourth grader at Peebles Elementary in North Allegheny, earned a $1,000 savings bond in the drawing conducted by Pennsylvania’s Agriculture Department.

More than 31,000 students in Pennsylvania participated in the program, which gives more than one million third graders a chance to get gardening experience.

Bonnie Plants delivers ‘O.S. Cross’ cabbage plants, which can grow up to 50-pound heads, to schools that have signed up for the program. The plants start only a few inches high, so it’s up to the students to nurture them. Each school chooses its “best” cabbage that gets entered in the state-wide competition.

“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,” Stan Cope, Bonnie Plants president said in a release. “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.”

Teachers interested in running the program at their school can find more details here.

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Doug Oster is manager and editor of Everybody Gardens with a passion for gardening and a love of sharing is experiences with other gardeners. You will also find Doug’s gardening contributions in the Tribune-Review each week. He’s an Emmy Award winning producer, television host and writer. Oster is co-host of The Organic Gardeners Radio show every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Oster’s Outstanding Documentary Emmy was awarded for Gardens of Pennsylvania, a one hour special he conceived and produced for the PBS affiliate WQED. Doug appears every Thursday morning on KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today live at 9 a.m. “Gardening is fun, he says, enjoy every day spent outside tending vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees.”