WILLIS, TX — The National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program named their winner, and she's from Texas,
Braylen Davidson, from Willis, Texas, grew a huge cabbage, and was randomly selected by Texas’ Agriculture Department to receive a savings bond towards education.
More than one million third graders in 48 states participated in the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program in hopes of winning “best in state."
The winners received a $1,000 scholarship towards education from Bonnie Plants.
Each year Bonnie Plants, the largest producer of vegetable and herb plants in North America, trucks free "oversized" cabbage plants to third grade classrooms whose teachers have signed up for the program.
If nurtured and cared for, kids can cultivate, nurture and grow giant cabbages, some often over 40 pounds.
Bonnie Plants initiated the 3rd Grade Cabbage Program in 1996 with a mission to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people and continue to “grow” our next generation of gardeners.
“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, former President and CEO of Bonnie Plants and grandson of its founders. 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."
To see the 2019 winners as they come in and learn more about the 2020 contest, visit here.