Anna and her cabbage

Anna Clements and her grandpa teamed up to grow the big cabbage.

Anna Clements loves Runza sandwiches.

So when the 9-year-old received her own cabbage plant to grow last spring she was thrilled. Cabbage is one of the ingredients in the popular Midwest fare.

She and her grandpa Rex worked on growing her plant together, and it developed into a 30-pound, 13-ounce whopper.

“I was very impressed with what me and my grandpa kind of made,’’ says Anna, who is now in fourth grade at Bryan Elementary in Omaha.

After her parents submitted a photo of Anna and her cabbage, she was randomly selected by Nebraska’s Agriculture Department to receive $1,000 for her education from Bonnie Plants.

Bonnie Plants hands out the free plants to any third-grade classroom in the country that wants to participate as a way to get youngsters interested in gardening.

Cabbages were the first profitable plant sold by Bonnie Plants in 1918 and are known to be a hearty vegetable. The cabbages provided to the third-grade program are an “O.S. Cross” variety. They produce giant oversized-heads, which makes it more fun for the kids.

Anna planted her cabbage in her grandparents' big garden in Murdock. She made frequent trips out to check on and water her plant.

Anna’s mom, Jennie, said her daughter was jumping up and down this week when she heard that she had won.

“She was thrilled and very excited to call her grandpa,’’ Jennie Clements said. “It was a project the two of them took on together.’’

Anna isn’t done competing. She’s hopes to help her school club earn a Golden Sower book competition next.

Marjie is a writer for The World-Herald’s special sections and specialty publications, including Inspired Living Omaha, Wedding Essentials and Momaha Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @mduceyOWH. Phone: 402-444-1034.

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