A Guest Blog from Our Grower Josie


     My name is Josie and I am lucky to be a Katie Krops Grower in more ways than I could have ever imagined!

     I have always loved to be outside and gardening with my family. While my Dad was listening to the “In the Garden with Ron Wilson” radio show, he heard the story about Katie Stagliano. Katie was helping people in need by growing vegetable gardens and donating the produce to help feed her community. He knew that this would be something that I would love to do. Little did I know that it would end up helping me as much as helping others!

     My Grandpa was also really excited to hear about Katie Krops and could not wait to start his own Katie Krops Garden with me at his house…the gardens were literally starting to grow! With our three raised beds and his raised bed we had four Katie Krops Gardens to grow. Everyone was excited to get our crops growing so we could start donating to the Mid-Ohio Food bank! My Dad has always loved to start seeds indoors, my Grandpa had his heirloom tomato seeds ready to go, and my Mom, Anna (my sister), and my Grandma were all pitching in to get the gardens ready to plant. I learned so much from my Grandpa and Dad from how to plan out a garden to gathering seeds.

     My first donation was fresh lettuce, onions, and radishes. The lady who took my donation said, “Our first fresh out of the garden donation of the season….someone is going to love having this on their table tonight! Most of our families don’t get food this fresh.” It was hard for me to think about how many people in my community could not afford to buy fresh food. On our table there was always a fresh veggie to eat. Even in the winter, I was fortunate that we could still buy fruit and veggies from our grocery. I was so excited about knowing that I helped give someone fresh food that they would not have had. Our garden made this possible. Throughout the summer, we donated tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, banana peppers, corn, and zucchini. This summer, we added strawberries, beans, snow-peas, eggplant, broccoli, and cauliflower.

     I was 12 when I started my first Katie Krops Gardens and now, being 14, I want a career that I love and that means a career were I am helping others. Being a Katie Krops Grower gave me an inside peek as to how it truly feels to give back. Donating is so rewarding. But even more than that, it is knowing that the hard work and having family and friends come together to help each other for a cause could not only change what is put on a hungry family’s dinner table, but that it could also shape my future.

     When I found out that I was selected to attend the Katie Krops Camp, I was sooooo excited!! This was a chance for me to learn more about how I could help my community with hunger and meet other growers and Katie! Since my Grandpa and Dad have been my gardening mentors, one of them would get to come with me. My Grandpa won out! We were off to South Carolina! It was hard work, but it was amazing and fun. In one and a half days, we built community gardens, hosted a dinner for the community after picking and cooking the food to be served, and worked in the gardens. We learned so much from the W.P. Rawls family. My Grandpa, usually a quiet guy, was taking non- stop with the Rawls family about gardening techniques! He was having the best time! I was glad that he was having fun as a camper too! Being around other young people who wanted to make a difference in their world was exciting! It made me want to work harder and do more…I loved that!

     When we got back from the camp, we decided that we were going to build a couple of bean tee-pees and also grow strawberries using the Thomas Jefferson garden ideas that W.P. Rawls taught us. We were both excited to get back to our gardens! This trip was wonderful in so many ways, but the best part was getting to spend that experience with my Grandpa.

     As I continue to be a grower for Katie’s Krops, I am rewarded in so many other ways than knowing that I am helping others and just growing a garden. Gardening has brought me closer to my family and my community, and it has also taught me a lot about myself and that makes me happy!

     Thanks Dad, for listening to radio shows about gardening!



The Katie’s Krops e-Cookbook is now available!!

The Katie’s Krops e-Cookbook is now available!!  Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for their support and for enabling us to continue to grow our dream of ending hunger one garden at a time!!! 


Click here to download your copy!


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Join Us as We Celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the Katie’s Krops Dinner

Four years ago, our Founder, Katie, who at the time was only 12-years-old, attempted to make a delivery of fresh produce from her Katie’s Krops Gardens to the only full-time soup kitchen in Summerville. She found a note on the door which read that due to financial issues, the soup kitchen had shut down. Knowing how many people in our community needed access to free, healthy meals, Katie, along with the support of her friends, teachers, parents, and the head of food services at her school, created ‘The Katie’s Krops Dinner,’ a garden to table dinner for anyone in need of a healthy meal.

Over the course of four years, our dedicated young volunteers, who themselves prepare, cook, and serve every meal under the direction of Head Chef Herman McNeill and Cory Miller, have provided a healthy and free meal to thousands of individuals in need in our community. Every Katie’s Krops Dinner is based on the harvest from the gardens and is healthy, well balanced, and free. Everyone is always welcome at the Katie’s Krops Dinner table!

On Monday, October 27, at 6:00 p.m. at Summerville Baptist Church, we will be celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Katie’s Krops Dinner. Summerville Baptist Church is located at 417 Central Avenue in Summerville, South Carolina. We anticipate a large number of guests to join us for this dinner celebration. To secure a seat, please arrive prior to 6pm. Our doors will open at 5:30pm.

Please join us as we celebrate how youth in our community have come together to create a positive change through one garden, one harvest, and one dinner at a time!

Try it! And WIN!

We are truly blessed to have the support of BI-LO, Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarkets! Now through October 7th, join BI-LO SuperSaver, Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket in a fun scavenger hunt throughout their produce departments and have a chance to win a vacation package to New York City. For every purchase of select produce items, BI-LO, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie will donate a percentage to support Katie’s Krops and our mission of empowering kids to grow an end to hunger, one vegetable garden at a time. So head over to the produce department today and get kids excited about fruits and vegetables!

Congratulations to our Katie’s Krops Growers & Volunteer of the Year

For 2014, it is our honor to officially announce the Katie’s Krops Growers of the Year and the Katie’s Krops Volunteer of the Year. These outstanding young ladies have gone above and beyond to help end hunger in their communities. We are extremely proud to have them as part of our growing family. In addition to the title of ‘Grower of the Year’ and ‘Volunteer of the Year,’ they will receive a scholarship for their higher education.

Katie’s Krops Growers of the Year

Erika and Shawna Hettick from Washington State have been growing with Katie’s Krops for the past three years. Together, these sisters are a powerful team that have been actively growing an end to hunger in their community and positively growing the footprint of Katie’s Krops by expanding their efforts and the impact that they could make outside of the garden. After Shawna attended the inaugural Katie’s Krops Camp, she was empowered to help Katie’s Krops beyond her community. The sisters traveled to meet one of our wonderful sponsors, First Fruits Marketing of Washington, in their home state. In addition to reaching out to personally thank the wonderful people who are helping us grow, they have also helped us secure new grant funding and encouraged our Founder, Katie, to apply for the Prudential Community of Spirit Awards, which she went on to win. Their passion for Katie’s Krops has truly helped us grow!

Katie’s Krops Volunteer of the Year

Arden McNeill volunteered at our very first Katie’s Krops Dinner almost four years ago. Little did we know that night how our dinner model would grow, reaching on average 150 people per dinner. From the moment we served  our first hot and healthy meal to the people in need in the Lowcountry, Arden has rarely missed the opportunity to help at a dinner. When a family vacation conflicted with a Katie’s Krops Dinner, she persuaded her father to postpone their vacation so that she could attend and help at the dinner. Arden is a valuable volunteer in the kitchen and in the dining room. For her dedication to feeding the Lowcountry, Arden is our volunteer of the year!    

Katie Stagliano is “Money Hero” for South Carolina


Age: 15
Hometown: Summerville
Cause: Healthy produce for low-income families

Participating in a school gardening project in the third grade, Katie Stagliano grew a cabbage that topped out at 40 pounds. At her father’s encouragement, Stagliano donated the cabbage to a soup kitchen, where it helped feed 275 people. After realizing how many people one (very large) cabbage could feed, she decided to see how many people one garden could feed. Using a football-field-sized plot of land that her school donated, Stagliano created Katie’s Krops to get other kids interested in helping people through gardening. Six years later, that garden supplies food directly to families in need and to churches, shelters and soup kitchens around the state. But like that cabbage, Katie’s Krops has grown far bigger. Through its website, Katie’s Krops has raised almost $200,000 — individual and corporate donations enable 9-to-16-year to grow vegetables to feed the hungry in their community. Currently there are 75 youth-run gardens in 27 states. Katie’s goal now: 500 gardens in 50 states.

Says Stagliano:

I am proud to grow healthy food, prevent hunger and empower kids to grow a healthy end to hunger in their communities.”

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Announcing the Katie’s Krops Dive In to End Hunger

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We need your help. As you know, our mission at Katie’s Krops is to empower our youth and fight hunger in our community one vegetable garden at a time. Over the past five years, our flagship garden has produced over 7,760 pounds of healthy fresh food for families and individuals in need in our community. Our produce is grown with love by kids with very big hearts.

The residential area surrounding our garden is being developed at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, this development has eliminated the natural habitat for the deer in the area and, as a result, the deer have ravaged our garden this season. Since our first season in 2009, we have never seen damage to this extent. We have tried every method possible to prevent the deer from eating our plants. Nothing has worked. In order to keep growing, we need to fence in the garden as soon as possible.

Due to the large size of the garden area, which is roughly the size of a football field, we are expecting the material and installation costs for the fence to be quite high. As a not-for-profit, paying for this fence will be a challenge. So, how do we plan on raising the funds? We are going to swim our way to a new garden fence! On Tuesday, July 29th, we are hosting the First Annual ‘Dive In to End Hunger’ event to build a garden fence at the Pine Forest Country Club Pool starting at 4pm.

Swimmers of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate in this fun and healthy fundraising event! How can you participate?

– Complete the Katie’s Krops ‘Dive In to End Hunger’ Registration form and send it to us (see details on the form) as soon as possible. Spots are limited. Registration forms should be submitted by Thursday, July 24th.

-Register as an individual swimmer or gather your friends and co-workers to create a relay team, which will swim during the last event of the night.

Gather donations using the Donation Sheet. Katie’s Krops is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. Donations are tax deductable as allowed by law. Checks should be made out to Katie’s Krops (Katie with a K and Krops with a K).

-Come out and swim on Tuesday, July 29th! The event will run from 4pm to 9 pm. Swimmers will be assigned a time to swim.

-Prizes will be awarded to the top Individual and Relay Team fundraisers.  The winners will be determined by the donation monies that are turned in at the ‘Dive In to End Hunger’ event on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

We hope you can help us swim our way to a new fence and help kids continue to grow a healthy end to hunger in our community! 


Help support Katie’s Krops from now until June 30 at your local BI-LO or Winn-Dixie!!

We are honored to have the continued support of BI-LO SuperSaver and Winn-Dixie! Head to your local BI-LO or Winn Dixie store and purchase small red delicious apples and small navel oranges. BI-LO & Winn Dixie will donate 5 cents of every dollar from the purchase of the apples to help Katie’s Krops grow!

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Zucchini Pineapple Bread


A fresh from the garden treat!

3 eggs

1 & 3/4 cups of sugar

1 cup canola oil

3 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups finely chopped zucchini (we leave the peel on)

8 oz crushed Pineapple

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 loaf pans.

In a bowl beat eggs with mixer for 1 minute. Beat in sugar and vanilla until the mixture is thick and foamy. Stir in zucchini & pineapple.

In a separate bowl mix flours, baking soda & powder, salt & cinnamon.

Add dry mixture to zucchini mixture & stir until completely moistened.

Pour batter into loaf pans.

Bake for 45 minutes or until done.


Thank you BI-LO & BI-LO Shoppers for Helping to Grow the Dream

When I was nine-years-old, I had a dream that grew from a 40-pound cabbage. I dreamed that I could grow an end to hunger, one vegetable garden at a time.  With hard work, dedication, and the support of youth across the country, this dream has grown seedling by seedling, harvest by harvest, garden by garden.

This January, my friends at BI-LO partnered with us to further my dream. At every BI-LO store in the the country, shoppers were asked if they would like to support the dream that kids can grow a healthy end to hunger. And support they did!!!

At our February Katie’s Krops Dinner a check was presented to the Katie’s Krops growing family for an amazing $66,000! We are honored and humbled. Thank you for your generosity. These funds will be used to grow and to sustainan the dream that kids can grow a healthy end to hunger. Our current young growers will be able to continue to grow and expand their gardens. We also look forward to welcoming new growers to the Katie’s Krops family this spring.

To everyone at BI-LO, I am so grateful to have your support. You are empowering kids across our country to learn how to grow and provide healthy food to the families and individuals that are struggling with hunger.

To everyone who made a donation to our cause this January at their local BI-LO store, We want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Together, we are creating a bountiful harvest provided to those who need it most.