About Us

Katie Stagliano

Founder

“Katie’s Krops started in my backyard and has now grown to over 100 gardens growing across the United States in 30 states. Every Katie’s Krops Garden is youth-run. Thousands of children across the country are getting their hands dirty working to end hunger in their communities.

Thank you to everyone who believed in my dream and has supported the efforts of our young Growers, our Katie’s Krops Dinners and our Outdoor Classroom. Together we are a powerful force and have made a tremendous difference in the last 14 years. I am so excited to see what the future holds for us and to continue our fight to end hunger, one vegetable garden at a time!”

Read more about Katie and the story of Katie’s Krops here!

Stacy Stagliano

President of Katie’s Krops

“It has been a privilege and an honor to be on this journey with my daughter. I am extremely proud of our work over the past 14 years and all that we have accomplished.”

Ryan Herrmann

Head Chef for the Katie’s Krops Dinners

“I have been a part of the Katie’s Krops team for over five years now, and I can say it is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. To touch the lives of so many people, and help fight food insecurity here in Summerville has meant the world to me.”

Watch Ryan’s Interview Here!

Bob Selinsky

Delivery Coordinator for the Katie’s Krops Dinners 

My 2 favorite parts of coordinating meal deliveries are: 1) the willingness of the delivery drivers to work together to make it happen (several were delivering meals long before I got involved) and 2) getting the opportunity to teach my grandsons the importance of helping others.

John Stagliano

Board Member, ManPower Group

“I love working with Katie’s Krops because it affords me a front-row seat to watch the organization grow a healthy end to hunger in this community and others across the country and also watch my daughter grow into the caring and empathetic person that we should all aspire to be.”

Erin Hartline and daughter Lily

Board Member and Classroom Volunteer

“I love volunteering in the Outdoor Classroom at Katie’s Krops. It’s an incredible extension of the garden, where children are empowered to grow and help make a difference through gardening. The classroom provides a place for children to come together and learn new things, practice new skills, express creativity and foster friendships. Being at the garden provides so many natural opportunities for learning. I love to see how excited the children are to learn with new and old friends in such a special setting!”

 

From Lily: “I like that we get classes and learn new things and get to be at the garden every day.

We like to help the garden and people in need. I love helping everybody that needs help, no matter what.”

Lisa Turocy

Master Gardener, Teacher, and Board Member

“Education is one of the primary tenets of being a Master Gardener.  I am more than overjoyed to be able to share my Master Gardener knowledge with both the youth and adults in our community through the curriculum I have created and the range of classes that I teach in the outdoor classroom.

Since 2008, I have been volunteering in Dorchester County as a certified Clemson Extension Master Gardener.  Since 2009, I have had the pleasure of working with Katie’ Krops, volunteering in the Katie’s Krops gardens, and assisting the Katie’s Krops Growers both locally and nationally.

 I am honored to be one of the original Katie’s Krops board members.  It truly has been quite the journey watching how the organization has grown over the years and seeing all that has been accomplished.”

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Volunteer Today!

Do you live in the Charleston/Summerville area? We would love for you to volunteer and help us grow a healthy end to hunger. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to help.

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Ian McKenna

Katie’s Krops Youth Advisory Board

Ian McKenna is a student at The University of Texas at Austin and has been a Katie’s Krops Grower going on 8 years. He currently has two gardens growing in Austin, Texas and works tirelessly to provide for his community. Ian has been a member of the Katie’s Krops Youth Advisory Board and has sat on our board for the past two years.

Steve Chapman

Classroom Volunteer

Steve Chapman is the regional manager of the Southeastern Bonnie Plants growing station. The Southeastern Bonnie Plants growing station has been managed by his family for generations. He is a wealth of gardening knowledge and teaches growing classes to both children and adults in our outdoor classroom. Steve has sat on our board for the past year.

Sarah McKenna

Board Member

Sarah McKenna works for Meals on Wheels in Austin Texas. Both of her children, Ian and Addison have been dedicated Katie’s Krops Growers for over six years. Sarah has been an incredible member of the Katie’s Krops Family and has sat on our board for the past three years.