Whoa! Look at that cabbage! How awesome is that? I just love the quote, “There are a lot of things that you can do outside that you can link to the curriculum." You homeschooling moms know this is so true! And gardening is such a fun way to include some science about plants and health without a formal nutrition curriculum.
The newspaper excerpt is below...
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July 2, 2013
It’s the weight of a 4- or 5-year-old child, twice that of a car tire and equal to a 5-gallon bottle of water. Brookwood Elementary School student Daniel Quintero’s 39-pound cabbage was almost unbelievable.
“It was unreal,” said Anna Verhoeff, a parent volunteer who works with Brookwood’s garden.
Throughout the spring, the garden has hosted a cabbage for each third-grade student at the school as a part of the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. Bonnie Plants distributes free cabbage plants to third-graders across the nation. Each state chooses a winning cabbage and the student who grew the vegetable receives a $1,000 scholarship.
Daniel’s cabbage will be entered in the state competition. His secret to cabbage success? Lots of water and care.
“I was surprised,” Daniel, 9, said when he discovered how big his cabbage had gotten. “(Surprised) because my cabbage grew the biggest.”
Brookwood has participated in the cabbage program before, but this year officials chose to grow the cabbage plants at the school rather than sending them home with the students.