November 2016
Youth Matters

Best Cabbage in Alabama Grown by a Third-grader

Simon Roberts’ winning entry weighs over 27 pounds!

  Simon Roberts and his 27.3-pound cabbage (Credit: Bonnie Plants)

It's official! The best cabbage in Alabama has been announced.


The state winner of the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program was Simon Roberts. His cabbage weighed in at 27.3 pounds.

Simon, a student at East Smiths Station Elementary, will receive a $1,000 saving bond toward his college education from Bonnie Plants.

Over 1.5 million children across the country participated in the program this year, with 37,423 kids participating in the state of Alabama.

Each year, the free program offers participating third-grade classrooms oversized cabbage plants to grow. The student with the best cabbage, based on size and appearance, in each state wins the scholarship prize.

"The Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program is a wonderful way to engage children’s interest in agriculture, while teaching them not only the basics of gardening but the importance of our food systems and growing our own," said Stan Cope, president of Bonnie Plants.

The program started 13 years ago, and now 48 states participate.

The National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program is free to any third-grade classroom in the United States. If you are a teacher and would like to register for the program, visit