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Sullivan West third grader grows giant cabbage

Tyler O’Sullivan received a $1,000 saving bond for growing this cabbage in a nationwide program that exposes children to agriculture and demonstrates, through hands-on experience, where food comes from

December 24, 2013

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Tyler O’Sullivan, a student at Sullivan West Elementary School in Jeffersonville, grew this giant cabbage this past summer, and for his effort he received a $1,000 savings bond after he was chosen the New York State winner of a nationwide contest, the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. The company is the largest producer of vegetable and herb plants in North America.

In 2013, more than 1.5 million third graders in 48 states, including 18.782 in New York State, took part in the program, gaining hands-on gardening experience.

Bonnie Plants provides free starter “oversize” cabbage plants to third grade classrooms whose teachers sign up for the program. If nurtured and cared for, kids can grow giant cabbages, some tipping the scales at 40 pounds.

A digital image of the cabbage and student is submitted to Bonnie Plants, which in turn enters the student’s name in a statewide drawing. O’Sullivan’s name was randomly selected by the New York State Agriculture Department.

To see the 2013 winners and learn more about the 2014 contest, visit