Apply to Become a Katie's Krops Grower
Starting a Katie’s Krops Garden
Our 2018 Grower Search is now open!
Starting a Katie's Krops Garden is so much more than just receiving funding to grow a garden. Youth selected as Katie’s Krops Growers are empowered to grow a healthy end to hunger in their community and positively impacting the health of their cities and towns.
Katie's Krops Growers receive:
- Funding to start their garden in the form of a gift card to a garden supply store in their community.
- Access to our private grower website to document their harvest, volunteer hours, post pictures, and monthly reports.
- Access to a private message board to connect with fellow growers across the country and learn from one another.
- A growing manual is written specifically for Katie's Krops Growers. The manual provides our growers with the best and most current information on how to start and maintain their gardens, food safety, composting, photography, and much more.
- Garden supplies from our sponsors.
- Support from our Master Gardener and the Katie’s Krops team.
- Growers are eligible for funds to continue to grow, year after year. We welcome new growers and start new gardens every year, but the vast majority of our gardens have been growing with us for years, some for as many as six!
- Growers have opportunities to highlight their gardens and efforts to end hunger in the media, including TV, print, movies, books, and in magazines.
- Growers learn about agriculture, nutrition, how to manage a budget, responsibility, and communication, just to name a few life skills developed by starting a Katie’s Krops Garden.
- Growers are eligible to win scholarships for their higher education.
- Our ultimate goal is to provide young growers with the knowledge, tools, and inspiration to empower them to become part of a youth-driven solution to a global problem.
How can you become a part of the Katie's Krops growing family?
Here is what you need to know:
- Once each year, Katie's Krops offers youth the opportunity to apply to become a Katie’s Krops Grower. The annual application period is from October 1st through December 31st. This timeframe is the only time of the year youth can apply to start a Katie’s Krops Garden and become a Katie's Krops Grower. Winners are notified in February.
- A child can apply as long as they fall within the age range of 9 to 16, and live in the United States. We are a youth-based initiative and all Katie's Krops Gardens are grown by youth.
- Applications for all types of vegetable gardens, such as a container garden if you live in a city, or a vegetable garden located in your neighborhood or at your school, will be considered. The grower decides where the garden will be grown. If you apply to start a Katie's Krops Garden at your school you must demonstrate how the garden will be cared for over the summer. School gardens must be tended to and harvested throughout the summer.
- The Grower determines where they will donate their harvest based on the needs within their own community. For example, their harvest can be used to support homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food banks and pantries, cancer centers, or neighbors or classmates in need.
What is required of our growers?
- Katie's Krops Growers are required to start and maintain a Katie’s Krops Garden. We are seeking youth who will continue on with this garden, season after season, thereby creating a sustainable solution to end hunger in their community. The majority of our young growers pass this gardens on to siblings and/or classmates. The passing down of a Katie’s Krops Garden is a wonderful gift and a reflection of the spirit of giving that we embody at Katie's Krops. Katie’s Krops will not fund a one-time service project or an application where the objective is to win an outside award. The goal is a long-term sustainable solution to hunger.
- The grower(s) must donate the entire harvest from the garden to people in need in their community.
- Growers are required to submit photos, document their volunteer hours, keep a harvest/donation log, and a brief report on their progress, which includes what they learned from their experience, any issues they encountered, and how they have managed them.
- Growers and their parent or legal guardians are required to sign a letter of agreement annually.
- Growers also must submit a photo release signed by their parent or legal guardian to Katie’s Krops.
We are very proud of the difference our Katie’s Krops Growers are making across the United States, and we look forward to expanding our growing family to reach Katie's goal of at least one Katie's Krops Garden in each of the 50 states. We are more than halfway there, and with your help, we can accomplish this goal soon!