This spring, Elite Series pro Keith Poche is joining his sponsor Bonnie Plants in getting kids outdoors and in the family garden. Poche has been towing his tournament boat to several elementary schools in his home state of Alabama, giving out free cabbage plants, signing autographs, and taking pictures with the children. During his visits Keith has been able to speak with the students about how hard work and dedication will help them succeed in the future and with growing their cabbage plants. These are not just any cabbage plants, but "oversized" cabbage plants that can grow bigger than a basketball and tip the scales at nearly 40 pounds.
"Getting these kids outdoors promotes exercise, and they learn so much about nature and the environment," says Poche. "I tell them how hard I work out on the water to catch the biggest fish in the lake, and that each one of them will have to work extremely hard to grow the biggest and the best cabbage possible. It has been a blast traveling to schools, meeting these kids, and seeing the smiles on their faces."
More than 1.5 million 3rd graders in 45 states will participate in the 2011 Bonnie Plants National Cabbage Program. Cabbages plants are delivered coast to coast to students whose teachers have signed up to participate. Students in these 3rd grade classrooms each get their very own cabbage to plant, take care of, and harvest.
To see the 2010 winners and learn more about the Bonnie Plants National Cabbage Program visit www.bonnieplants.com. To learn more about Keith Poche and follow his progress through the 2011 season, please visit keithpoche.com.