New Mexico boy grows 14 pound veggie, wins scholarship money

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CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – One New Mexico boy has a very green thumb.

Nine-year-old Kaleb Rodriguez grew a 14 pound head of cabbage last season. The Pate Elementary School student received a $1,000 scholarship from Bonnie Plants for growing the cabbage.

“I watered it, and I brought it in at night,” he said.

Rodriguez was presented his scholarship at a school assembly and the spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Katie Goetz, was there. “Any one of you could grow up to be a farmer or rancher,” NMDA’s Goetz told the students at the school.  “Cabbage doesn’t care if you’re a man or a woman, how tall you are, or what color your eyes, hair, or skin is – and the cows don’t care what kind of clothes you wear, just so long as you remember to feed them.”

The school plans on continuing their participation since it was such a hit.

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