Houston 4th grader grows giant cabbage and wins national award

An elementary school student from Houston just made a fortune out of cabbages.

Sophia Schnaibley, now a fourth grade student at Humble ISD Elementary School, located northeast of Houston, entered the Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program last year as a third grade student. As part of the program, Schnaible received a small cabbage seedling to take home with her and grow as many as she could.

As soon as she brought it home and planted it, the Schneible seedling swelled to a gigantic weight of seven and a half pounds. The huge vegetable was impressive enough for her to enter the national Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program.

On December 14, Schneible learned that she had been selected as the top contestant in Texas for the 2022 Cabbage Program 3rd Class competition. Along with lifetime bragging rights, the award comes with a $1,000 scholarship.

“Here at Bonnie Plants, we know it takes commitment and attention to planting, caring for and growing cabbages to the size and quality you can achieve,” Savannah Burgess of Bonnie Plants wrote in a letter. Modest ISD release: “Sofia, you did a great job!”

Bonnie Plants’ 3rd Grade Cabbage Program began in Union Springs, Alabama. in 1996, “with the aim of instilling in young people a love of gardening, teaching children where their food comes from, and raising our next generation of gardeners,” according to the program’s website. By 2002, the program had grown into a national initiative, with kale competitions taking place in all 48 contiguous US states, the website says.

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