“The bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity for growth.”
In 2019 we were faced with our biggest challenge. After a decade of growing an end to hunger in our flagship garden, we were compelled to leave. The departure from the land that we had cultivated, fenced and improved for ten years was abrupt and unexpected due to a change in administration at the school. We were heartbroken but our biggest concern? How would we make up for the loss of crops? How could we ensure that we would be able to cover the loss of over 2,000 pounds of produce and make sure that families struggling with hunger had healthy fresh food?
Our South Carolina Growers rose to the challenge and immediately expanded their gardens to make up for the loss as we carefully explored our options for a new space to grow.
We put a plan in place and started new gardens at Palmetto Scholars Academy, Reeves Elementary, and the Summerville YMCA.
Community members came out to triple the growing space at the Katie’s Krops Spann Elementary School Garden.