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October 17th, 2010

Big Veggies Grown by Small Gardeners

cabbageDozens of press releases cross my desk every day. Most get no more than a glance. But the folks at Bonnie Plants know how to grab my attention: photos of giant vegetables.

Since 1995, Bonnie Plants has sponsored a program that encourages elementary students to try their hands at vegetable gardening. Third-grade teachers sign up their classes (more info at bonnieplants.com), then Bonnie provides free transplants of a cabbage variety that is bred to grow to monstrous proportions. The kids do the rest. After harvest, Bonnie awards $1,000 scholarships for the best and the biggest, one winner in each state.

That’s great, but the best part of the electronic press release I got from Bonnie Plants are the smiles—happy faces that are dwarfed by the vegetables they are posing with. Olivia Utley and her plus-size cabbage are shown in the photo above. Below are a few more proud gardeners and the states they represent.

Connecticut

Lydia Robert, Connecticut

Kentucky

Jonathan Cunningham, Alabama

Illinois

Ravin Williams, Illinois

Way to grow!  —Doug Hall






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