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A calling for cabbage ... and cash

Posted: December 30, 2010 12:50 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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Kids across America are growing (and some are earning) a lot of “green” participating in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program.

This year, more than 1.5 million third-graders in 45 states have gotten hands-on gardening experience growing colossal cabbages with high hopes to win “best in state” and receive a $1,000 scholarship.

South Carolina’s winner, Blake Johnson was chosen by South Carolina’s Agriculture Commissioner as the state’s winner. Blake, a third-grader at Mt. PIsgah Elementary, will receive a $1,000 saving bond towards education from Bonnie Plants.

More than 1,000 schools and 25,000 children particiapate in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program.

“The Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program is our way of engaging children in the joy of gardening,” said Stan Cope, President of Bonnie Plants. “Gardening provides children with a safe place to experience nature, discover the cycles of life and develop an understanding of our environment. It also exposes children, first hand, to the benefits of growing your own nutritious food and it’s a great source of physical activity.”

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