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Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program ready for new contestants

October 24, 2018

Bonnie Cabbage

Staff Report

Get Kids Growing! Vegetable gardening teaches kids where food comes from, healthy eating and gets them outdoors, engaging with nature. A great way to get kids started in the garden is the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program free to any third grade classroom in the country and 3rd grade teachers can register NOW at for the 2018 program. Bonnie Plants trucks 2” cabbage plants to every 3rd grade classroom in the country, in spring, whose teachers have registered, online, for the program. Registration is quick and easy.

In 1996, Bonnie Plants initiated the 3rd Grade Cabbage Program, in and around headquarters in Union Springs, Alabama; by 2002 the program included participation in the 48 contiguous states with more than 1.5 million children growing huge cabbages in their own backyards.  Bonnie’s mission is to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people and teach children, with firsthand experience, where their food comes from. Each year, Bonnie Plants, the largest producer of vegetables in herbs in North America, with 80 greenhouse growing facilities, serving 48 states, trucks more than 1 million free O.S. Cross cabbage plants to 3rd Grade classrooms across the country. O.S. stand for oversized… these cabbages can grow upwards of 40 pounds making the initiative quite engaging and fun for kids!

Teachers distribute the two-inch cabbage plants Bonnie delivers, with instructions, provided by Bonnie, to students to carry home and grow. At the end of the growing season, teachers select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a statewide scholarship drawing.  The 48 state winners are randomly selected by each state’s Director of Agriculture, and Bonnie Plants awards a $1,000 scholarship for education to one student in each state. As one of the first companies to sponsor a national vegetable gardening initiative for kids, Bonnie Plants has delivered over 14 million cabbage plants, nationwide, in the past 15 years, fostering a growing interest in gardening, healthy eating, and the environment.

“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, President of Bonnie Plants. 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”.

Why a cabbage? Cabbages were the first successful crop sold by Bonnie in 1918. The cabbages used for the 3rd grade program are OS Cross (Over-sized), which is known for producing giant, oversized heads, making the process even more exciting for kids. The biggest cabbage grown in the contest, to date, weighed in at 75 pounds.
For more information on the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program please visit