Champion cabbageIn addition to the planting of spring produce, this season brings the final harvest of winter plants. This past winter we grew cabbage, turnips, collards, and tomatoes, to name a few. Many of these vegetables are now on display at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market.

Peers utilize the raised plant beds constructed through a grant with Agrium, Inc.  Market manager Phyllis Smith notes that prime locations are requested quickly by peers eager to plant and cultivate early bird produce.

“We are eager to help peers increase their knowledge of proper planting, cultivation, and harvesting,” Miss Phyllis says. “This is a positive ‘teachable moment’ for our group.”

Every year a peer competition arises – who can grow the largest cabbage?  As the photo above shows, a new champion has been found. Tamika Brown, who is assigned to the cafeteria, displays her champion cabbage that will shortly be cooked for a nutritious lunch at Perry Wellness Center.

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