Pictured from left to right are Hidden Hollow Elementary Assistant Principal Stefanie Patterson, Bonnie Plants Representative Bradley Adams, Chase Griffing, and Hidden Hollow Elementary Principal Janice Wiederhold.
Chase Griffing, Hidden Hollow Elementary fourth-grader, was honored as the Texas state winner in the 2016-2017 Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage competition. Winners are based on cabbage size and appearance. Each year the program awards $1,000 to one student in each participating state. Today, Griffing was presented with a $1,000 scholarship for his award-winning cabbage.
Last year, Griffing submitted a photo of his cabbage and its dimensions after participating in the Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program. His cabbage was 44 inches wide, 10 pounds, and the head of the cabbage was 11 inches round. His cabbage placed first out of the 45,000 cabbage plants delivered to Texas schools last year.
Bonnie Plants began the 3rd Grade Cabbage Program in 1996 to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in children and to grow the next generation of gardeners. Bonnie Plants delivers more than one million free oversized cabbage plants to schools across the country every year. If the cabbage is given enough love and care the giant cabbages can reach well over 40 pounds.