Become a Grower

For over a decade, Katie’s Krops has empowered youth across the country to grow a healthy end to hunger in their communities by starting Katie’s Krops Gardens, where the harvest is shared.  We are excited to welcome new youth Growers in 2023! Our Grower search will open on October 1 and close on December 30, 2023.  Youth residing in the United States between the ages of 7 and 16 are eligible to apply.

Katie’s Krops Growers start vegetable gardens in their communities where the whole harvest is shared with their neighbors in need.  Children selected as Growers receive supplies, funding, and support from Katie’s Krops.  They become part of a network of youth across the country dedicated to improving their community’s health and well-being. In addition, they are eligible for scholarships for their higher education.

Our program is unique because we are a sustainable solution to hunger.  Children who start Katie’s Krops Gardens are eligible for support to continue their garden year after year.  We have gardens that have been growing with us for twelve years!

Become A Grower

Our application will be available October 1st, 2023. Please check back then.

A few important pieces of information for our growers:

  • If you are applying to start a garden at your school, it is important to note that you need to demonstrate how the garden will be tended over the summer months.
  • We cannot honor late applications.
  • Early applications are preferred and will be heavily weighted in the process of selecting new growers.
  • We do require applications to be mailed in via the postal service.  We do not accept any applications sent electronically.  While it may seem old-fashioned or outdated to fill out a paper application and snail mail it back, we have found that we can glean a lot of information about prospective Growers from a paper application that would be lost in a digital format.  Feel free to show your personality and let us know who you are by adding a photo with your application, adding a drawing of your prospective garden, or creating a scrapbook.  Have fun with the application!  Grab your pencil, markers, and paper to let us know why you want to become a Katie’s Krops Grower.

If you are not in the age range to apply to become a grower but are still interested in starting a garden, below are links to sponsors and additional resources for growing your own garden.

Start Your Own Garden

Katie started her gardening adventure from a young age. “In 2008, when I was only in the third grade, a tiny cabbage seedling from the ‘Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program’ changed my life forever.

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