At Bonnie Plants, we believe that it’s not enough just to tell kids where their food comes from. We think that all children should also have the opportunity to get out in the fresh air, get their hands dirty, and feel first-hand what it’s like to grow their own veggies and herbs. Not only will doing so help them build a strong foundation for a healthier life, but it also teaches them a skill that they will get to enjoy for many years to come.
Here are two big ways that Bonnie Plants is helping kids grow (literally!):
Bonnie 3rd Grade Cabbage Program
Since 1996, Bonnie Plants has been helping inspire young gardeners through our 3rd Grade Cabbage Program. Each year, we distribute over a million free cabbage plants to 3rd graders across the country whose teachers have signed up for the program. Each kid gets his or her own OS Cross cabbage plant (a variety that can grow big enough to tip the scales at 50 pounds or more) to take home or plant in the school garden.
All kids who give their cabbages enough love and care to grow to maturity then have a chance to be chosen as class winner by their teacher; all class winners are entered into a statewide drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. Currently, schools in all 48 contiguous states participate in the 3rd Grade Cabbage Program!
To find out more about this program and register your classroom, visit our Bonnie 3rd Grade Cabbage Program website
American Heart Association Teaching Gardens
It’s been so exciting to see the number of school gardens nationwide continue to grow! But not every school has the funding, materials, and information it needs to start a garden, and that’s where the American Heart Association (AHA) comes in.
The AHA provides schools with the tools they need to build Teaching Gardens from the ground up, including lesson plans, raised beds, soil, plants, guidance, and more. Bonnie Plants is proud to partner with the AHA on this unique program by providing the thousands of plants needed for these Teaching Gardens. *