Barrington girl's cabbage nets her $1,000

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Barrington’s Ava Tine grew one big cabbage and collected an even bigger paycheck for her effort as part of the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage program.

Ava and her class participated in the program, which saw more than 1.5 million third-graders from across the country compete. A teacher at Primrose Hill School selected Ava’s cabbage as one of the top in her class and submitted it to the statewide drawing. Her cabbage was randomly selected by the Rhode Island Agriculture Department — Ava will receive a $1,000 savings bond towards education from Bonnie Plants, the program’s sponsor.

More than 2,000 students from Rhode Island alone participated in the program.

“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 system and growing our own food,” said Stan Cope, president of the company.

Local teachers who are interested in participating in the program can learn more about it or register for it at www.bonnieplants.com

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