Help Us Launch The Seeds of Change in 2021~ Sponsor Needed

In 2020, in the midst of a pandemic and quarantine, we launched the very first Seeds of Change program to provide children with a positive outlet. The program was a huge success!

In 2020 we engaged:
~302 families
~112 kindergarten students
~Shipped the seeds of change to 23 states and Canada
~Over 2250 seed packets have been shared!

Our efforts with the Seeds of Change were highlighted in USA Today and on the front page of numerous newspapers across the country. We heard from the families, and they share photos of their efforts. It is exciting to see what grew and how the seeds provided children with a positive outlet in uncertain times.

We plan on offering this program again in 2021 but require a sponsor to do so. This sponsorship will provide vegetable and flower seeds to children across the country and allow them to start a garden at their home to feed their family and their neighbors in need. The cost of the sponsorship is $850. If you would like to help launch this program in 2021, please email Stacy@KatiesKrops.com. Thank you for your support~

Addison & Ian ~ Texas

Sibling rivalry? It’s not always a bad thing; in the case of Ian and Addison from Austin, Texas, it’s a fun incentive to grow more food through Katie’s Krops.

Ian, a 16-year-old high school senior, started a garden on his grade school grounds when he was eight and in 4th grade. That was not especially easy since he needed to make sure the plants were watered – Austin summers are sweltering and dry – and protected from storms that sprang up. This entailed riding his bike or getting rides to the school, which involved some planning and coordination. Two years later, he heard about Katie’s Krops and applied for a grant. The funds he received enabled him to start growing his garden at home, which is much more convenient and easier during adverse weather and grow he does. His vegetable garden includes tomatoes, root vegetables, Armenian cucumbers, sweet potatoes, various greens, okra, and bullet head wax melons, which taste like a sweet squash and can grow rather large; his biggest one topped out at almost 100 pounds.

Addison, a 14-year-old high school freshman, decided to join her brother in the garden to see if she could grow more. Her efforts are concentrated on fruit, such as strawberries and [potted pomegranates. She has grown cantaloupe in the past, and she and Ian share a fig tree, but it’s not old enough to produce fruit yet. Addison also tends a butterfly garden to aid in pollination and grows edible flowers.

The sibling rivalry is not Ian’s primary reason for his garden, but he’s quick to laughingly remind his sister that he currently produces more food than she does. Ian is more motivated by fulfilling a need for food and the reaction of people who receive it.  He initially started distributing food by setting up a table in a food desert area without many fresh produce options, which let him see the people he helped. Ian also donated to food banks and set up a table at a local food pantry. With the Covid-19 virus, he has had to decrease the direct distribution to people and now works with a parent support specialist at a local school who gives out the food to those in need. On occasion, Ian can join them at their community events or deliver directly to people whose names come from some non-profits with which he is in contact. In all cases, hearing the food recipients’ stories provides even more motivation to garden.

As any gardener knows, there are challenges in growing. For Addison and Ian,  these include the lizards that love to feast on the strawberries. Squirrels, birds, rats, and other critters also like to help themselves to the produce. The oppressive heat in July and August means that most crops will not grow during that period, but freezing rain in winter can also impede crop production. Storms provide another challenge with their heavy wind and rain. When Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, much of the garden was flattened, including the okra plants. Even though the storm pulled them out of the ground and they ended up laying flat across the raised garden beds, they proved their resilience by growing new roots, bending their stems at a 90-degree angle, and producing more okra as they once again pointed to the sky and grew.

The siblings are very much supported in their efforts by their mom. They have also had friends help in the past. Due to the pandemic, they had had to work independently.

As for what’s next, well, Ian will be heading to college next year where he would like to continue gardening; it’s one of his criteria for selecting a school. Addison is looking forward to taking over the garden and winning the competition.

Megan ~ Florida

Two continents, two gardens? Yes, that’s what Katie Krops gardener Megan Godwin has accomplished. When she was twelve years old, Megan moved to South Carolina, where her mother, a teacher, taught Katie’s brother and was Katie’s eleventh-grade homeroom teacher. At the time, the Katie’s Krops flagship garden was located at the school. With a heart for service even then, Megan participated in garden workdays in the large garden and helped cook and serve Katie’s Krops dinners using the produce from the garden. Megan became a core volunteer who embraced every volunteer opportunity Katie’s Krops offered and connected deeply with the people at the dinners.

Megan left South Carolina to attend Stetson University in central Florida, where she is currently a sophomore pursuing a double major in Health Science and Public Health. This did not dim her desire to serve and help people by providing fresh, organic produce and seeing the positive impact on their lives. Aloma Church, which she attends, gave her a plot of land for growing, and she received an annual grant from Katie’s Krops for creating her garden. As a result, she has provided an abundant harvest to the church’s Single Women’s Ministry and the Orlando Union Rescue Mission, a faith-based homeless shelter that runs homes for women and children and men, and volunteers her time to work with the children. Her efforts won her the honor of Rookie of Year with Katie’s Krops in 2018.

Gardening in Florida presents challenges, including only two seasons, at least with regards to weather. In winter, collards and swiss chard grow in abundance and are used by the shelter in soups and stews. Summer is longer – much longer – and her best crops so far are okra, eggplant, peppers, and squash. The high summer heat is problematic for many other vegetables, but Megan perseveres and keeps trying. One of those improvement efforts is rebuilding the raised garden beds. The beds will now be twelve inches high, rather than six inches, and use cinder blocks so they will not rot. Her 2021 grant from Katie’s Krops will fund this effort. As with all the garden work, the rebuild is being done by Megan, a group of college friends, and even the parents of the friends.

Now, about that second garden… Compassion International visited Aloma Church and shared their Compassion Success stories at camp. Megan prayed for guidance in helping people in an African country, and through the Mishono Foundation, she was afforded an opportunity to travel to Kenya to create a garden. Just five days after turning 19, she obtained a grant from Katie’s Krops and flew to Kenya by herself. She supplemented the Foundation’s efforts to feed, clothe, and educate children, thereby teaching the children how to garden. These homeless children work in the garden to share the harvest, but they’re happy and excited to do it since they are rewarded with fresh food that they produce themselves under the guidance of supervising team. The supervisors even say the kids are independent in doing the work. Megan is looking forward to returning to Kenya once Covid-19 does not affect travel.

In the meantime, Megan’s work truly reflects Katie’s Krops mission to fight for a more generous world. To think, it all started because her mother taught Katie in school…

Join Us for Our February 4th Katie’s Krops

On Thursday, February 4th, we will host a free Katie’s Krops Dinner. The dinner will be hosted to-go style at Summerville Baptist Church, located at 417 Central Avenue in Summerville. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, or until all meals have been distributed.

On the menu, barbeque chicken over cheese grits, with a salad, homemade cheese biscuits, and homemade desserts. Please follow the directions of our parking lot volunteers for everyone’s safety. We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, February 4th.

An update on our 2021 Grower Search~

We wanted to thank all of the amazing kids across the country who applied to become a 2021 Katie’s Krops Grower. Applications are continuing to arrive; some were postmarked over a month ago. We have also received phone calls from parents asking if applications have arrived as they had tracking on them and are still in transit. We recognize that the postal service has been overwhelmed this year.
Applications will continue to be accepted. If you are concerned that your application has not arrived, please email Katie@KatiesKrops.com with the applicant’s full name and state. We will let you know if your application has arrived. We promise to work to make sure every child who wants to become a 2021 has the opportunity to do so.

Breaking Ground on Our Outdoor Classroom

We are excited to be making progress on our outdoor Katie’s Krops classroom located in our flagship garden in Summerville, South Carolina. Weather permitting, we are slated to start offering fun educational programming in a safe outdoor setting in February. This is truly a dream come true! Stay tuned for updates and how you can sign up for classes in our beautiful classroom.

Join us for our January 21st Katie’s Krops Dinner

On Thursday, January 21st we will host a free garden-to-table Katie’s Krops Dinner at Summerville Baptist Church located at 417 Central Avenue in Summerville, South Carolina. On the menu for the very first time, meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, fresh veggies, bread, and homemade desserts. We will start serving dinner to-go drive-thru style at 4:30 pm and end at 6 pm, or when all meals have been distributed. The dinner is always free.

MLK Day of Service- Join us in helping to feed our community

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is Monday, January 15, 2018. It is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off” – and is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to work together to help solve our most pressing problems.

Thanks to The Allstate Foundation & Youth Service America, we will host an MLK Day service project to feed our community.  This will be a socially distanced service project that you can do at your home to keep within guidelines.

This spring, we want to provide families struggling with hunger and food insecurity in our community vegetable seedlings to grow a small garden at their home to help feed their families. We need your help to do so. We are providing volunteers with everything they need to start seeds at their homes. With a sunny window and a little care, you can help grow the seedlings that will be returned to us in March to distribute at a local food pantry and at our Katie’s Krops Dinner.


If you would like to help with this project:

1.) Please email Stacy@KatiesKrops.com by Thursday, January 14th that you would like to participate using the subject line MLK.

2.) You can pick up your seed starting kits on Saturday, January 16th, from 10 am to 11 am at our flagship garden located at 505 Gahagan Road in Summerville or arrange to pick the kit the following week. Please indicate in your email when you would like to pick up your kit.

3.) We ask that you snap a photo or two along the way and send it to us to share your efforts with our friends at the Allstate Foundation and YSA.

4.) In mid-March, we will start collecting your seedling to share with families across our community. With your help, this summer, families will be enjoying fresh homegrown produce.

We do have a limited number of seed starting kits to share. Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Stacy@KatiesKrops.com.

Join Us for the First Katie’s Krops To-Go Dinner of 2021

Join us for our first Katie’s Krops Dinner of the new year on Thursday, January 7th. On the menu chicken parmesan over pasta with a tossed green salad and breadsticks fresh from the oven along with homemade desserts. Dinner will be served at 5 pm (earlier is possible). We will continue to host all of our dinners drive-thru for everyone’s safety. Our dinners are held at Summerville Baptist Church located at 417 Central Avenue in Summerville. We are truly blessed to partner with them to end hunger in our community. Please spread and the word that we are back to serve our neighbors in 2021.

Join us for our December 17th Katie’s Krops To-Go Dinner

On Thursday, December 17th, we will host a festive Katie’s Krops drive-thru Dinner at Summerville Baptist Church. We will provide our dinner guests with a three-course to-go dinner, a bag of fresh fruits, all while enjoying a live steel drum concert. Dinner will be served at 5 pm, earlier if possible. Summerville Baptist is located at 417 Central Avenue in Summerville, South Carolina. The distribution will take place at the rear of the church outside the Fellowship Hall. Guests that are driving are asked to please drive slowly and follow our parking lot volunteers’ guidance. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 17th.