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Mississippi ‘Cabbage Patch Kid’ earns $1,000 scholarship – FOX13 News Memphis

Oxford, Miss. – A student from Oxford, Mississippi, received a $1,000 scholarship after being selected as the state winner of the third grade Bonnie Plants rollover program.

Along with the scholarship money, Mia Green of Lafayette Elementary High School also won the bragging rights “best in the state” after planting a five-pound cabbage, according to a statement from the program.

Bonnie Plants relaunched Cabbage this year as an easy-to-use distance learning activity to deliver education safely in the outdoors.

At the beginning of the program, Bonnie sent each participating student an OS Cross cabbage plant of a variety and the lessons needed to nurture and care for their plant every step of the way. The statement said that once their growth was complete, the students took a picture with their cabbage and presented it for a chance to win.

Mia was selected by Bonnie Plants in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture based on her enthusiasm for sharing and learning as well as the size and appearance of her general cabbage.

“It is truly amazing to see firsthand how the 3rd grade cabbage program is able to inspire a love of vegetable growing in young people and grow our next generation of gardeners,” said Angela Thomas, Director of Corporate Communications at Bonnie Plants. “We are proud of all of the participants this year and would like to congratulate Healy, whose hard work is paying off!”

Nearly 200,000 third graders in the United States have grown cabbage for the competition.

Bonnie Plants is the largest growers of vegetable and herbal plants in the country, according to the company.

Bonnie Plants launched the Tier 3 Cabbage Program in 1996, selecting cabbage because it was the first profitable crop the company sold. The cabbage used in the program is OS Cross, which is known for producing giant, oversized heads of cabbage that can tip the scales at more than 40 pounds, the statement said.

Subscription to the cabbage program for the third grade is free. Registration opens in January for the spring growing season.

To see the 2020-21 winners as they come in and learn more about the 2022 competition, please visit bonniecabbageprogram.com.


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