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Join us to support Katie's Krops and have some fun! Flowertown Garden Center in Summerville will be hosting a family fun fundraiser to benefit Katie's Krops. Carnival games, food, music, a silent auction and so much more. Be sure to mark your calendars and if you would like to help in ANY way please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are in need of volunteers to help plan and work the day of the event. If you would like to donate an item to the silent auction we would be thrilled. Check back for further details.

Hope to see you on June 4th!



Thank you Gardener Supply Company. I am honored to be Garden Crusader!


Katie Stagliano, 2010 Garden Crusader

Katie Stagliano, 2010 Garden Crusader

Katie Stagliano, 2010 Garden Crusader

Katie Stagliano on a tractor

Katie tends one of the fields in a program called Katie's Krops.

Working on a row

Volunteers at work on Katie's Krops, which has already provided thousands of pounds of produce to homeless shelters.

Can one cabbage feed 275 people? If it weighs 40 pounds and was grown by Katie Stagliano of Summerville, SC, the answer is "yes"!

In most respects, Katie Stagliano is a typical 12-year-old girl. She's in sixth grade, and she loves to play tennis, swim and hang out with her friends. But Katie is not your average pre-teen. Over the last three years she has taken on a challenge that most adults find daunting. To help address homelessness and hunger in her community, Katie started a gardening program called Katie's Krops, which has already provided thousands of pounds of produce to homeless shelters. And she's only just begun.

Learn more about the Garden Crusader Awards

"My ultimate goal is that there are no more hungry children or other people for that matter," she said. "I want to grow food to feed people and to help other people to do that too."

In recognition of her inspiring work to feed homeless people in Summerville, Katie has been honored with a Garden Crusader Award from Gardener's Supply.

First, a Giant Cabbage

When Katie was just nine years old, she came home from her third grade class with a tiny cabbage seedling. She planted it in her family's backyard garden and meticulously watered, weeded and fertilized. When deer threatened, her grandfather helped her build a wire cage to protect the plant.

The cabbage grew and grew and grew. In late May, when the weather got too hot, Katie harvested the head of cabbage. She was shocked by its size — 40 pounds!

She brought the giant cabbage to a local soup kitchen called Tri County Family Ministries. The staff was very impressed with the size of the cabbage. And Katie was very impressed by how many people that one cabbage helped to feed.

"The cabbage helped feed 275 people. It was amazing," she said. "That day I knew I could and I should do more to help."

Since then she has gotten more involved in her community, and as a result, has come to realize that homelessness and hunger happen to people just like her. "I had never known homeless people before, it turns out they are just like me," she said.

Katie's Krops

After growing that first 40-pound cabbage, Katie convinced her school to start a garden. Students in all 12 grades help tend it, and all of the produce is donated to local food shelves.

Katie has organized food drives to collect excess produce from home gardens and started a garden at a local homeless shelter. She founded a nonprofit organization, called Katie's Krops to help fund and promote her projects. The site includes her blog and a CNN interview with Katie.

All in the Family

Of course, Katie isn't able to accomplish this without a lot of support from her family. They have a big garden at home, that "just keeps getting bigger and now is kind of taking over the backyard," according to Katie.

Her parents started the gardens and they still do a lot of the heavy lifting, tilling and cultivating. "Plus they drive me around a lot," Katie conceded.

Now her seven-year-old brother has picked up the community service mantle. He began by helping her plant and water the gardens. Now he has his own project called Pumpkin Mountain. He is growing pumpkins to sell and plans to donate the proceeds to the homeless shelter.

With all that Katie has accomplished at just 12-years-old, what does she want to do when she grows up? "That changes every day, I see so many amazing jobs that people do," she said, noncommittally. Then she perked up, "I know I want to continue my garden."

Not surprisingly, cabbage is Katie's favorite crop to grow, but not to eat. "I don't really like cabbage that much. I'd rather eat broccoli, mushrooms and green beans."

Katie's Krops highlighted at Tween Summit

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Contact: Kerry Gillick-Goldberg

                   516.455.3179 Announces the 2010 Tween Summit

A.L.L.Y. (AllyKatzz Links Leading Youth) Award &

CertifiK.A.T. (Kids Acting Together) of Achievement Winners


-NEW Crop of Philanthropic Youth to be Inducted at the

2nd Annual AllyKatzz Tween Summit in NYC, 10/10/10-


New York, September 23rd, 2010- is pleased to announce the 2010 Tween Summit A.L.L.Y Award Winners, tweens/teens that founded their own non-profits, who will be honored at the 2nd Annual AllyKatzz Tween Summit in NYC on 10/10/10:


  • Be Like Brit of Rutland, MA- Britney Gengel (in memoriam)
  • Girls Helping Girls of Fremont, CA- Sejal Hathi
  • Goody Goodies of Poughkeepsie , NY- Macallan Durkin
  • Katie’s Krops of Summerville, SC- Katie Stagliano
  • Lemonaid Warriors of Los Angeles , CA- Lulu Cerone
  • Project HEAL of New York- Liana Rosenman, Kristina Saffran and Becky Allen
  • SHARE in Africa of Basking Ridge, NJ- Shannon McNamara
  • Turn Your World Around of Edgemont , NY- Tara Suri
  • WeStopHate of Williamsburg , VA –Emily-Anne Rigal


To spotlight tweens/teens whose fundraising and volunteer efforts support larger charities, CertifiK.A.T.s of Achievement will be awarded to:


·         Two teen buddy pairs representing Best Buddies New York

·         Kyle Orent of Kyle’s Lemonade/Canine Companions for Independence


“The Tween Summit attendees WANT to make a positive difference in the world but they need to learn HOW. What better way is there to empower girls than to introduce them to kids that are already paving the way?” states Denise Restauri, founder and CEO of both AK Tweens and “We amassed our second group of incredible award winners from across the United States . From as far away as California to right here in New York we discovered tweens and teens that chose to Stand up, Speak out, and Make A Difference whether by spearheading their own charities or choosing to support a larger non-profit with a mission they believe in. I am so thrilled to honor them and look forward to expanding the reach of these awards at future events.”  


Additional Summit Highlights include:


  • Premium Sponsor, Dove go fresh Deodorant and Body Mist, will surprise one of the A.L.L.Y. Awardees with a $1000.00 grant to help further their mission.
  • Disney’s Friends For Change: Project Green star Tiffany Thornton (Disney Channel’s “Sonny With A Chance”) will present Katie Stagliano with her A.L.L.Y. as her project is spotlighted on their site.
  • NestlĂ© Very Best In Youth will be on hand to present A.L.L.Y.’s to both Sejal Hathi and Tara Suri as they are both former Nestle Very Best In Youth Winners.




On October 10th, 2010, the 2nd Annual AllyKatzz Tween Summit will welcome 250 tween girls, ages 8-14, from across the country to NYC. It begins at 8:00am at The Altman Building in Chelsea, NYC. The day will encompass keynote addresses that emphasize the importance of tweens speaking up and taking action, “Speed Meeting” with “A.L.L.Y. & CertifiK.A.T. of Achievement Awardees,” the Exhibit Hall including: AllyKatzz Alley and AllyKatzz Lab featuring event sponsors that make the Summit possible- all offering the girls a rare opportunity to tell companies what THEY want, a chance to “Speak Up & Share” with the “Listening Panel”- a group of accomplished women from media, entertainment, fashion and sports who want to know what tweens want, and a chance to spread goodwill through DenimMessagingTM (decorating the interior pockets and waistbands of jeans with words of hope and encouragement that will then be donated to homeless tweens and teens). At 7:30pm, at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, they’ll be treated to the “DM’ingTM for Change!” concert featuring host, Monique Coleman (Gimme Mo’), headliner Mitchel Musso (Disney’s “Pair of Kings,” “Hannah Montana” and Phineas and Ferb”) and Tiffany Thornton, both Disney’s Friends For Change: Project Green stars, as well as Kicking Daisies and Fefe Dobson!


To complement the tweens’ experience- a day long Parent Track devoted to exploring topics relevant to their daughters is offered- including what girls are thinking, doing, saying (or not saying), and dreaming…


This groundbreaking day will be moderated by tween expert, AK Tweens and founder Denise Restauri along with author, Seventeen Magazine columnist and self-esteem expert Jess Weiner.




The Dove mission is to make women feel more beautiful every day by challenging today's stereotypical view of beauty and inspiring women to take great care of themselves. Dove, manufactured by Unilever, is the No. 1 personal wash brand nationwide. One in every three households uses a Dove product, which includes beauty bars, body washes, face care, anti-perspirant/deodorants, body mists, hair care and styling aids. Dove is available nationwide in food, drug and mass outlet stores.





Disney's Friends for Change: Project Green is a multi-platform initiative that empowers kids to help the planet. Through the program, kids learn practical ways to help the environment, get their friends involved, track their collective impact and have the opportunity to help Disney decide how to divide $1 million in annual donations to various environmental causes. Kids can join for free at





SPONSORS: For information on sponsorship packages, full day passes and other opportunities, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


PRESS: For more information or to register to attend please contact Kerry Gillick-Goldberg of KGG Enterprises, LLC at 1.516.455.3179 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


TWEENS AND PARENTS: For more information and to apply to attend the AllyKatzz Tween Summit visit


Thank you for your votes! I won!

Thank you to everyone who voted for me in the Farm Rich Kids Who Give Contest. Great news...I won. The $1,000 grant to Katie's Krops will help start two new vegetable gardens to help feed people in need. I couldn't have done it without you. Your votes are making two new gardens possible. I also want to thank Farm Rich for supporting Katie's Krops.

Congratulations to Andi, Olivia, Nathan & Anna (the other 4 winners)!