A Georgetown, Texas fourth-grader recently won big in a national agriculture competition by growing a massive cabbage. Weighing in at just under 20 pounds, 19.6 to be exact, the whopping veggie earned student Ryan Ash a $1,000 savings bond.
It also earned him the satisfaction of beating out over 87,000 other Texas entries. The competition is a part of Bonnie Plants' Cabbage Program, which aims to inspire kids to begin vegetable gardening at a young age. Bonnie Plants sends small cabbage plants to schools and then encourages students to care of them as best they can. Kids learn the importance of watering their plants, keeping bugs away and monitoring their cabbages.
Furthermore, the program teaches students about healthy eating and respect for the environment. The cabbages used for the program are the O.S. Cross variety. Bonnie Plants uses this variety because it is known for producing oversized heads, which makes it extra fun for the kids.
"The joy of gardening and the satisfaction of growing healthy food are gifts that kids never outgrow," says Stan Cope, CEO of Bonnie Plants. "We're grateful for the opportunity to share these gifts with the next generation of gardeners."
The program reaches schools in 48 states and gives a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each state. Each state's Commission of Agriculture selects a winner. So, congrats to Grace Academy's Ryan Ash on a job well done!
Ash isn't the only kid who had success with his plant, however. According to Bonnie Plants' official website, entries have often surpassed 40 pounds.