From left, Noreen Jaramillo, of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, shows off 9-year-old Madison Lloydâ€™s award winning cabbage at Military Heights Elementary School on Monday.
A Roswell student was announced as the statewide winner of a national cabbage 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. â€œIt was really fun,â€ Lloyd said, referring to the growing process.
â€œThis is the first time Iâ€™ve done something like this.â€ Lloyd explained how she frequently popped her head over her grandfatherâ€™s garden fence to check her plantâ€™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. â€œI 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 â€¦ to grow this award-winning cabbage,â€ said Melissa Lloyd, Madisonâ€™s mother.
â€œWe are so proud of her.â€ The award was given during a presentation at the elementary school.
â€œI think itâ€™s an important lesson for everyone â€¦ because it shows the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives,â€ said Noreen Jaramillo, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.
â€œWeâ€™re just trying to start a gardener for the future,â€ said Danny Edwards, a manager with Bonnie Plants. Last yearâ€™s New Mexico prize was awarded to a third-grade student in Albuquerque.