Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 8:01 pm CABBAGE PARTICIPANT — Future farmer Jamar Huff of Woodland Mills, son of Shannon Huff and Dallas Parham, planted a cabbage this summer in the garden belonging to his grandfather, Willie Huff of Woodland Mills. The 8-year-old Union City Elementary School fourth-grader received the plant as part of the Bonnie cabbage program when he was in the third grade. Each year, Bonnie Plants distributes free cabbage plants to third-graders across the country to foster an interest in gardening and the environment. Cabbages are delivered to students whose teachers have signed up to participate. Students in these third-grade classrooms each get their very own cabbage to plant, take care of and harvest. The cabbages are the O.S. Cross variety, which are known for producing giant, oversized heads, making the process even more exciting for children. As part of the program, Bonnie awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each state. Huff also helped his grandfather cultivate tomatoes, onions, green beans, peas, okra, butter beans, squash, watermelon, cantaloupe and cucumbers.
Published in The Messenger 9.8.09