Girl with green thumb wins big

January 11, 2011 • Local News

From left, Noreen Jaramillo, of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, shows off 9-year-old Madison Lloyd’s award winning cabbage at Military Heights Elementary School on Monday.

A Roswell student was announced as the statewide winner of a national cabbage [auth] growing program for thirdgrade students who grow leafy-green vegetables likely too large for the dinner table. Madison Lloyd, 9, was presented an award at Military Heights Elementary School on Monday after growing a 29-pound prize-winning cabbage. Bonnie Plants, a national plant wholesaler based in Alabama that sponsors the annual event, presented Lloyd with a $1,000 savings bond. “It was really fun,” Lloyd said, referring to the growing process.

“This is the first time I’ve done something like this.” Lloyd explained how she frequently popped her head over her grandfather’s garden fence to check her plant’s growth. She says her grandfather, Gene Parker, helped her grow the plant that she says was too heavy for her to lift on her own. “I remember when she first brought the cabbage plant home from school it was a little twig, but she worked hard with the guidance of her grandfather … to grow this award-winning cabbage,” said Melissa Lloyd, Madison’s mother.

“We are so proud of her.” The award was given during a presentation at the elementary school.

“I think it’s an important lesson for everyone … because it shows the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives,” said Noreen Jaramillo, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

“We’re just trying to start a gardener for the future,” said Danny Edwards, a manager with Bonnie Plants. Last year’s New Mexico prize was awarded to a third-grade student in Albuquerque.

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