A Lyon County Elementary School third-grader cashed in on her cabbage in an annual growing competition. Molleigh Crumpton grew a giant cabbage and earned a $1,000 scholarship as the Kentucky winner of the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program.
This year, more than 1 million third-graders in the 48 contiguous states got hands-on gardening experience, growing colossal cabbages with hopes to win best in state and receive a scholarship towards education from Bonnie Plants.
Crumpton was randomly selected by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and will receive a savings bond.
Each year Bonnie Plants, the largest producer of vegetable and herb plants in North America, trucks 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 cultivate, nurture and grow giant cabbages, some much bigger than a basketball, often tipping the scales at more than 40 pounds.