Annabelle Blais, a Winthrop Grade School student, was named the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program’s Maine state winner for growing a 26.2-pound cabbage, according to a news release from Green Earth Media Group.

Annabelle will receive a $1,000 savings bond towards education from Bonnie Plants. A total of 3,382 kids participated from Maine.

According to the release, children across America are growing, and some are earning, a lot of “green” by participating in the program. This year, more than 1.5 million third graders in 48 states have gotten hands-on gardening experience growing colossal cabbages with high hopes to win “best in state.”

The program awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each participating state. At the end of the season, teachers from each class select the student who has grown the “best” cabbage, based on size and appearance. A digital image of the cabbage and student is submitted online at That student’s name is then entered in a statewide drawing. State winners are randomly selected by the Commission of Agriculture’s office, in each of 48 particpating states.

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