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Green Thumb: Ohio boy wins $1,000 savings bond for growing 22-pound cabbage

Kids across America are earning a lot of "green" for participating a national cabbage growing competition, and an Ohio boy is one of them. (Courtesy: Bonnie Plants)

Kids across America are earning a lot of "green" for participating a national cabbage growing competition, and an Ohio boy is one of them.

Josiah Cutlip, from Cambridge, Ohio, was randomly selected as a winner in the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. The program gives over a million kids hands-on gardening experience, while growing colossal cabbages. Select "best in state" winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The program was created in 1996, but it wasn't until 2002 that it became a national endeavor. In total, Bonnie Plants has 80 greenhouse facilities across the country.

“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."

A total of 31,251 Kids participated in Ohio, and Cutlip was one of them. Cutlip, a student at Cambridge International, grew a 22-pound cabbage.

“Over the course of the past 16 years, the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program has proved to be an exciting, successful and worth-while experience that children, teachers, parents and grandparents across the country have embraced. We're certainly extremely proud of our Ohio State Winner: JOSIAH CUTLIP!! We are grateful to have the opportunity to provide our youth with this enjoyable and enriching opportunity and engage their interest in the art and joy of gardening,” said Cope.

For more information, visit Bonnie Plants' website: www.bonnieplants.com

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