Wohlwend Elementary student displays her green-thumb skills

Stephanie Adams of Oakville proudly displays the cabbage she grew when her school participated in Bonnie’s Third-Grade Cabbage Program.

Stephanie Adams of Oakville proudly displays the cabbage she grew when her school participated in Bonnie’s Third-Grade Cabbage Program.

A Wohlwend Elementary School student’s green thumb bloomed when her school participated in Bonnie’s Third-Grade Cabbage Program.

Stephanie Adams of Oakville, who was in Meagan Ochoa’s third-grade class this past school year, planted a cabbage and cared for it with the help of her grandmother, Kelly DeClue of Oakville.

Stephanie planted the cabbage in March and harvested it in June.

The cabbage, called “Cabby,” weighed 10 pounds and was 36 inches in diameter.

The Wohlwend student and her grandmother watered the cabbage, fertilized it and checked for bugs and weeds.

In 2002, Bonnie Plants started the Third-Grade Cabbage Program with a mission to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people.

Each year, the company distributes more than 1 million free cabbage plants to third-grade classrooms across the country.

As part of the program, Bonnie Plants awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each state. Teachers submit a class winner and a child is chosen by each state’s director of agriculture.

“I was glad to participate in this program,” Stephanie said. “I could win a $1,000 scholarship. But most of all, we are going to eat it.”