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Shiloh 3rd Graders Grow Cabbage

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Third grade students at Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck have quite the green thumbs.

Over the summer, they grew mega cabbage plants.

Last spring, Ethan Gerving was given cabbage in a small container to take home and plant in his family's garden.

Little did he know that after the summer growing season, his plant would be the school winner.

Ethan says it was a lot of hard work but he enjoyed it.

"Putting the dirt in and we had to put a bag in the bottom so the dirt wouldn't fall out when we're carrying it in. Then we had to put a ton of dirt in and put the little cabbage in," says Ethan Gerving, 3rd Grade Cabbage Winner.

The Third Grade Cabbage Program is a nation wide program started in 2002 by Bonnie Plants.

Because Ethan's cabbage plant won the contest, the photo of his winning entry will be sent into the state drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

His third grade teacher says she hopes this project gives the kids a love for gardening and hopefully a better healthy lifestyle.

"I also like it because I think it gives them responsibility to take care of this plant through the summer and also a sense of accomplishment. So if they grow this big cabbage they have an accomplishment of taking care of it themselves and seeing the end result," says Kim Melin, 3rd Grade Teacher, Shiloh Christian School.

Shiloh Christian third graders have been participating in this contest for the past four years.

Ethan says once his cabbage was fully grown, his family ate it on his dad's 40th birthday.

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