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JES student grows six-pound cabbage

Sept. 21, 2015

Mark and Principal Gifford Fourth Grader Mark and JES Principal Joby Gifford. Mark grew a six-pound cabbage as part of a school project.

Jefferson Elementary fourth grader Mark has proven he has a pretty green thumb.

Mark brought in a nearly six-pound head of cabbage that he just harvested. The cabbage was part of his third grade plant growth and development project.

“As part of the Bonnie Third Grade Cabbage Program, Bonnie Plants gives each student a seedling in late spring,” Principal Joby Gifford said. “It helps students learn how to grow things and the science behind it.”

Mark said his cabbage was pretty easy to care for.

“I put it in in the sun and let it go until it got bigger and needed a bigger pot,” he said. “I watered it two or three times a week.”

No stranger to gardening, Mark says he also grows flowers, tomatoes, eggplant, squash and peas.

“It’s fun to dig in the dirt and plant,” he said.

He said it was just a few days ago that his cabbage really got bit.

“It happened really fast,” he said.

Gifford said he tells all the parents to let him know how their child’s cabbages progress.

“His mom called and asked if we’d like to see it,” he said.

Mark brought his cabbage in to school today for his classmates and Gifford to see. He then agreed to give it to the school to be made into coleslaw.