A while back, you may have heard about Katie and a famous 40-pound cabbage that got her started on a mission to feed people in need. That cabbage delivery to a Charleston, SC soup kitchen taught her a lesson at age 9—that her one cabbage contribution could go on to feed 275 people. The image above is Katie several years later now holding a recent harvest of greens.
Not only is Katie Stagliano still growing vegetables to be donated, but she has developed her cause in leaps and bounds. She went on to oversee the planting of a football-size field next to her school and then on to simultaneously oversee additional gardens. Katie’s Krops programs have delivered over a ton of vegetables to soup kitchens.
Katie has a mission, as stated at her website. She wants to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes, donate the harvest to help feed people in need, AND assist and inspire others to do the same.
Now Katie’s Krops is offering a small grant to help others aged 9 to 16 get a jump on starting their own garden harvest for those in need. Plans for any type of garden will be considered—from container gardens to urban gardens. Applicants may be individuals, a school class or a group of friends. Hurry, postmark deadline is February 11, 2011. The lucky winner will receive a gift card for buying gardening materials and receive a digital camera to record it.
A recent e-mail message from Katie says she is thrilled to be able to offer this grant and support other kids around the country in starting a garden to feed people in need in their own communities. “I have a goal to have a Katie’s Krops garden in every state and this grant will help me work towards that goal.”
As we’ve seen in Garden Club Salon’s “Groups in the News” posts, reaching these personal missions quickly requires help from others. Katie goes on to say: “I have had so many wonderful people and organizations help me with my dream of feeding people in need through vegetable gardens. Without the support of Bonnie Plants, Disney’s Friends for Change, Troy-Bilt, RandomKid, Build-A-Bear Workshop, my school Pinewood Prep, my friends, my supporters and my family (just to name a few) I would not be able to do what I am doing. I am so thrilled that I am now able to offer support to other kids around the country to start a garden to feed people in need in their community.”
You can learn more about Katie’s Krops, support her cause and see her garden wish list at www.katieskrops.com. The grant application questions also found here are well thought out and a good student exercise in and of itself.
Well done, Katie and Krew!
Photo source: Katie’s mom Stacy Stagliano
Nancy R. Peck