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East Orient student grows giant cabbage

What weighs 18 pounds, is 14 inches across and 40 inches around? No, it's not a giant watermelon. It's a giant cabbage grown by 9-year-old Emma Fox as a school project.

Photo Credit: OUTLOOK PHOTO: BEVERLY CORBELL - Emma Fox holds a giant cabbage she grew over the summer for a school project.Lester Fox, Emma's dad, said at the end of her third grade at East Orient Elementary, Emma's teacher gave each of the kids little cabbage plants in paper cups for them to grow over the summer. The kids had to document the plant's growth, take pictures along the way and weigh it when it was picked.

When school starts again, the kids will take their photos and documentation back to their third grade teacher, Fox said, where the names of students who grew the biggest plant will be entered in a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship.

Emma had one advantage — she lives next door to her grandpa, expert gardener Ray Fox, known as “The Tomato Man,” who grows and sells vegetables as well as strawberries and raspberries from his back yard.

Fox said since posting a photo of Emma and the big cabbage on his Facebook page, he's gotten a lot of feedback from friends who say they believe it's the biggest cabbage they've ever seen.

“A lot of our friends have kids in the same grade and they said, 'Ours didn't make it,'” he said. “We got about 30 comments on Facebook.”




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