SPARKS PRESENTS CABBAGE PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP
ARAB, Ala. -- Ron Sparks, Alabama's commissioner of Agriculture & Industries, presented fourth-grader Emma King, daughter of Mike and Meyna King of Arab, a $1,000 scholarship last month from Bonnie Plant Farm for raising a 12.5-pound cabbage. About 40,000 plants are distributed to Alabama third graders each January as part of its "3rd Grade Cabbage Program."
|Emma King of Arab with her winning cabbage.|
Emma and her twin sister Amber both grew cabbages this year, but Emma was the lucky winner of the scholarship drawing.
"Bonnie Plant Farm's Cabbage Program is a great way to get kids interested in agriculture," said Sparks. "Not only does it provide a great educational resource for the kids of Alabama and help them plan for their future education, the kids really enjoy growing their cabbages and competing for the scholarship."
Bonnie Plant Farm sales associates began distributing cabbages to kids in 2001. The program has grown across the U.S. to include 48 states. In 2005, they added a presentation of a $1,000 scholarship to the winner of the competition in each state.
The "3rd Grade Cabbage Program" is free to all third graders and schools who sign up. Once a teacher enrolls the class in the program, Bonnie Plant Farm will contact the school and deliver the number of plants requested.
For more information, visit:
http://bonnieplants.com and click on the tab for the "3RD Grade Cabbage Program or call Program Director Ellis Ingram at (334) 738-3104.