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The 411: Youth

Kendall is Texas ‘Cabbage Queen’

Kendall is Texas ‘Cabbage Queen’
Kendall Hastings has a hard time wrapping her arms around the 16-pound cabbage she grew earlier this year, while a student at Stockdale Elementary School. She is the state winner in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program.

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Kids across America are growing, and some are earning, a lot of “green” by participating in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. Former Stockdale student Kendall Hastings is the state winner in the national contest.

Kendall, the daughter of Rick and Stacey Hastings of George West, grew the largest cabbage as a third-grader at Stockdale Elementary School. Stacey said her daughter watered the plant a lot while tending to the project.

According to Stacey, each student was given a young cabbage plant to grow and take care of starting Jan. 30. Under her care, Kendall’s cabbage grew to a humongous 16 pounds.

Kendall was one of the students that participated in the contest in Jennifer McElroy’s class.

“I gave out the cabbages and selected the winner out of the third-graders who participated at Stockdale Elementary,” McElroy said. “Kendall took good care of her cabbage at her home and really showed a love for gardening.”

McElroy has been involved in the Bonnie Plant Cabbage contest since she moved to teaching third grade in 2007.

Kendall was one of 67,613 students who participated in Texas. Her name was then entered in a statewide drawing. State winners are randomly selected by the Commission of Agriculture in each of 48 participating states.

For being named “best in state,” Kendall will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward her education from Bonnie Plants.

Each year, Bonnie Plants trucks free O.S. Cross, or “oversized,” cabbage plants to third-grade classrooms whose teachers have signed up for 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 systems and growing our own,” said Stan Cope, president of Bonnie Plants.

One wonders, since Kendall’s grandfather is a cousin to Ron Hastings of Stockdale, if Kendall picked up Ron’s green thumb, since Ron was well-known for his produce stand of vegetables and melons.

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

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