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Tanner Carson, a student at Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School in Belfast, won $1,000 for growing an impressive 28 pound cabbage. (photo by Meg Carson) Tanner Carson, a student at Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School in Belfast, won $1,000 for growing an impressive 28 pound cabbage. (photo by Meg Carson)

BELFAST - Tanner Carson may only be in the third grade but he's already got a green thumb that would make any horticulturist jealous. The student from the Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School in Belfast recently participated in the Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program and won $1,000 for growing an impressive 28 pound cabbage.

Each year Bonnie Plants, one of the largest producers of vegetables and herb plants in the United States, trucks cabbage plants to third grade classrooms whose teachers have signed up for the cabbage program online. These students are then responsible for cultivating, caring and nurturing their plants. Teachers then select the student who has grown the "best cabbage" based on size and appearance and submit a picture of the vegetable to Bonnie Plants. The company chooses the winner for each state. After weeks and weeks of caring for his plant, Carson's hefty cabbage earned him first place for the state of Maine.

"All he did was water it," said Megan Carson, Tanner's mother. "It just kept growing. We were eating so much cabbage and cabbage soup because we didn't want to waste any of it."

Last month, a representative from Bonnie Plants formally recognized Carson and his green thumb at a school assembly where he was awarded his winnings in front of his classmates and friends.

'Seeing how big it got [was the best part],' said Tanner Carson.

Carson used his winnings to buy himself a razor scooter. When he's not riding it, you can find him gardening away. He's already working on cucumbers and beans that he can't wait to bite into later this summer.

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