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Have you ever heard about the Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program?

I know some local teachers, students and parents have, because we’ve featured Idaho participants and winners (Riley Meiser, pictured today) of the annual competition before.

Here are the details:

In 2002, Bonnie Plants initiated the program with a mission to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people. Each year, Bonnie trucks more than one million free, oversized cross cabbage plants to 3rd grade classrooms across the country. By the way, in perfect conditions, these cabbages can grow upwards of 40 pounds, making the initiative engaging and fun for kids!

Early in the spring, teachers distribute 2-inch plants with instructions to their students to carry home and grow. At the end of the growing season, teachers select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity (of the cabbage, not the student) and that submission is entered in a state scholarship drawing. State winners are randomly selected by each state’s Director of Agriculture, and Bonnie Plants awards a $1,000 scholarship for education to one student in each participating state.

And why am I telling you all this NOW?

Because according to Joan Casanova of Green Earth Media Group, who is responsible for increasing participation in the 3rd Grade Cabbage Program, it’s a good idea for teachers to register their classrooms NOW. And they can do that at bonniecabbageprogram.com.  

Speaking of gardening — Take time during these last days of warmer weather to look at and enjoy the beautiful flowers and greenery out there. Frost for sure isn’t that far off and then we’ll be pining for it to return!

Thanks to the Harrisons who shared a photo of the current scene along the river path at Eagle.

“Just a few of the beautiful flowers at our friends’ yard,” was the message.

Have to use a little space to make a BIG deal out of the phone call I received on Monday: It was a loving Happy Birthday wish to Leola Vega from her hubby, Julio.

He didn’t want me to say that it was her “darling” hubby who was the one who remembered the date (Friday, Oct. 5), and then made a huge effort to have it recognized…So I won’t. But if my intuition is right, Leola, you probably already know…he’s a keeper!

… Hope tomorrow is wonderful for you!

Keep all of those tidbits coming!


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