Bonnie’s Crazy Cabbage

Robert Jette at Frederick Douglass Elementary has his third graders participating in Bonnie Plants3rd grade cabbage program, which I had never ever heard of:

In 2002, Bonnie Plants started the 3rd Grade Cabbage Program with a mission to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people. Each year, we distribute more than one million free cabbage plants to 3rd Grade classrooms across the country. As part of the program, Bonnie Plants awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each state. Teachers submit a class winner and a child is chosen by each state’s Director of Agriculture. […]

Why a cabbage? It was the first plant sold by our company in 1918. The cabbages are the O.S. Cross variety, which is known for producing giant, oversized heads, making the process even more exciting for kids. Some kids have grown cabbages weighing more than 50 pounds! 

Sounds exciting!  I would definitely try this out with my kids if I were back in the classroom!

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