The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 1, 2014

Canton student receives scholarship for cabbage

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Hudsen Scott, a third-grader at Canton Elementary School, grew a seven-pound cabbage that qualified him as a contestant in the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program.

He was selected at random by Oklahoma’s secretary of agriculture to win a $1,000 scholarship from Bonnie Plants toward his future education.

The young horticulturist received statewide recognition as the 2013 Oklahoma state winner at a school ceremony Jan. 24. Mark Green, from Bonnie Plants, presented the winner’s certificate and a large presentation check. Dana Bessinger, representing Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, presented a citation signed by Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese.

Schools across the state of Oklahoma have embraced the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program for the past 11 years. It is designed to be a catalyst to spark children’s interest in agriculture, understand where their food comes from and allow them to learn the basics of gardening through the joy of growing a cabbage.

The cabbages are the O.S. Cross variety, which is known for producing giant, oversized heads, making the process even more exciting for kids. Some kids have grown cabbages weighing more than 50 pounds.