Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler recently traveled to Arnold, Mo. to speak with students who participated in the Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program during 2010.
Each year, Bonnie Plants, Inc. gives out cabbage plants to third graders across the country as part of their cabbage program. The process is simple – the students take home the cabbage plant provided by Bonnie Plants, Inc., plant and care for it, and then take a picture with the oversized cabbage once it has grown. Bonnie Plants, Inc. provides one lucky winner from each state with a $1,000 prize.
The 2010 award for Missouri went to Cameron Niemeyer of Arnold, Mo. Cameron grew his cabbage in his grandparent’s garden from April to June 2010, and entered a picture of his giant cabbage to the contest. Director Hagler and B.J. Kruger of Bonnie Plants visited Cameron’s 4th grade classroom to present the award in front of Cameron’s classmates, teacher and grandparents.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture was excited to be involved with this program again this year, and thanks Bonnie Plants, Inc. and local schools for creating these opportunities. The Department continues to look for new ways to show young people the importance of agriculture, and new ways for those young people to experience the Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program is a great way for youth to gain hands-on agricultural experience. Photos of the award-winning cabbages are available on the program website.