Tiny Farmer Win State Award
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Thursday, December 15, 2016
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Tiny Farmer Wins State Award


    DeSoto County Schools’ Hadleigh Williams grew a cabbage, a really big cabbage, weighing 13.8 pounds.  She got her plant through the Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program, and entered it in their national competition.

    Williams was the state winner from Mississippi and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship in front of her former classmates at Hernando Hills Elementary School.  She now attends Oak Grove Central Elementary.

    Representatives from Bonnie Plants and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture were on hand for the award ceremony, as well as her former teacher, Brandi Arton, HHES Principal Stephanie Gilder, and Supt. Cory Uselton.


    Each year Bonnie Plants, the largest producer of vegetable and herb plants in North America, trucks cabbage plants to third grade classrooms whose teachers have signed up for the program online at www.bonnieplants.com.  These plants are delivered to schools in March.

    “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,” said Adam Alley, Sales/Production Manager for Bonnie Plants.


    “We have done this program for years, but this is the first time we have had a statewide winner,” said HHES Principal Stephanie Gilder.

    This program has sparked Williams’ interest in agriculture.

    “This was a chance to get a start to my farming career,” Williams explained.  “I also grow watermelons, and tomatoes. I like to grow vegetables and I like to eat them.”

    Williams also came to the Board of Education and showed board members her large check as well as a photo of her award-winning cabbage.

    Supt. Uselton, impressed with Williams’ ability to talk to both newspaper and television reporters, asked her to tell board members her long-range plans.

    “I plan to be a farmer,” she said.

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