A Shelton youngster is the state winner of the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program.
Mohegan School student Jackson Jones grew a 20-pound cabbage, and was randomly selected as the state winner by the Connecticut Agriculture Department.
Jackson will receive a $1,000 savings bond toward education from Bonnie Plants. More than 6,000 children from Connecticut participated in the program this year. One winner is selected per state.
Nationwide, about 1.5 million third-graders got hands-on gardening experience growing colossal cabbages. The program began in 2002.
Bonnie Plants, a producer of vegetable and herb plants, sens free O.S. Cross — or “oversized” — cabbage plants to third-grade classrooms whose teachers have signed up for the program.
If nurtured and cared for, kids can grow cabbages bigger than a basketball and weighing up to 40 pounds.
Each teacher identifies the student who has grown the best cabbage to be entered in the state drawing. Jackson’s teacher at Mohegan School is Victoria White.
Registration for the 2015 Cabbage Program is online now at www.bonnieplants.com.