Bainbridge youth grows giant cabbage

Published 5:44 pm Friday, April 22, 2011

JULIAN MARTIN, left, who grew a 13-pound cabbage, was honored Friday at the state agriculture commissioner, Gary Black, who is presenting Martin with a Georgia flag and other goodies. Martin is a student at Jones-Wheat Elementary School, where the celebration was.

Julian Martin, presently a student at Jones-Wheat Elementary School, is the state winner of the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage contest, having grown a 13-pound cabbage.

Martin was honored with a special assembly on Friday emceed by Principal Larry Clark. At the assembly, the student was given special recognition by the Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Decatur County Schools Superintendent Fred Rayfield, and Jackie Culpepper, a representative of Bonnie Plants.

Culpepper said this is the third year of the contest, which began in Alabama then spread out to all 48 continental states.

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There were 1.5 million students who participated in the program this year—23,000 of those in Georgia.

Martin was a student at Grace Christian School at the time he grew the cabbage. His teacher at that time was Heidi Butler, who was also present at the assembly, along with Martin’s family members.

Martin will receive a $1,000 prize from Bonnie Plants for his efforts.