Katie’s Cabbage

“In a small Southern town not far from the ocean, there lived a lived a young girl with bright brown eyes that looked at the world with innocence and awe. Her name was Katie. She was just like many kids her age.  Katie loved to play in the sunshine, swim in the pool, and be with her friends.”






Neighbors on their evening walk with their dogs would pass by and comment on Katie’s cabbage.
“Hey, Katie, what are you feeding that thing?  It is almost as big as your brother,” one neighbor commented.
Another neighbor gave his approval, “Wow, Katie, that is truly amazing. I have never seen anything like it.”
“Opa, I need your help to protect my cabbage from the deer. I just can’t let the deer eat my cabbage.  Please can you help me?” Katie asked.
“Don’t you worry, Katie.  I promise no deer will eat your cabbage. We have a date for tomorrow after school.  We are building a cabbage cage.”


The face of homelessness

The face of Homelessness

I don’t know what I used to think homelessness looked like but I know what I didn’t think it looked like. I didn’t think that homelessness looked like families just like mine but it does. I know homeless people. They are my friends and my supporters. I don’t think any of these people thought they would be homeless but so often bad things happen to good people. I have met children and their families that don’t have a place to call home. It is such a blessing that there are places like the Palmetto House where they can go, eat and live until their situation changes. Next time you see a homeless shelter, think of the people, the families just like yours that are living there. If you have any old toys, clothes, shoes, soaps and of course food and vegetables please donate them to your local shelter and you can help people, people just like you and me.

My Memorial Day

       Today ( Monday May 31st) I took a trip to Tri  County Family Ministries. I donated two giant cabbages, a bag of peppers, a bag of eggplant, and a bag of basil as well as some plants. They have started a small garden in three tiny green boxes. I gave them some herbs, oregono, thyme, and rosemerry to add. I also learned that they are in trouble. Tri County’s donations have gone done close to 25%, they need all the fresh vegetables and canned food they can get. I plan to help them by holding a food drive and donating as many fresh vegetable as I can from my gardens. I hope they get more doantions soon. If you are reading this you can do something to help too. Next time you go to the grocery store, pick up an extra can of food and drop it off at your local soup kitchen because I’m sure they need it too. Those extra vegetables in your garden can also find a home at the soup kitchen as well. No donation is ever to small!


My school garden is planted and looks fabulous! For the first time the kindergarten came out to help and did an amazing job!!! They had a great attitude and listened to all directions. I was so impressed. I met an adorable little girl named Nicole. She was so nice and we worked together for a long time. She asked me lots of questions like how I started the garden. I wandered around helping the little kids plant vegetables. My brother is in kindergarten and he and his friends were so helpful.

2nd grade came to help too. They finished so fast!! And did a good job at that. In-between high school classes came and worked harder than I could ask for. They planted, hauled compost & dirt, set tomato cage, placed the hay for mulch and tilled.  And finally my class came. They finished off the garden. It looks amazing! It is so great to have so much help.

I want to thank everybody who made this garden possible, Troy Bilt, Bonnie Plants, Flowertown Garden Center, Disney Friends for Change, Epcot Gardeners, my Pinewood family, and kindergarden, 2nd, high school, and 5th grade. I also want to give an extra special thank you to Ms. Lisa, Ms. Darcey, and my mom who worked really hard from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. THANK YOU!!!

Katie’s Krops Photo Album

 Katies Krops Photo Album

Welcome to the Katie’s Krops photo albums. We are at work all over the country now and will be posting photos of your gardens soon!  Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to help people in your community. Thanks again, and as always, keep growing for the greater good!


Support Our Efforts

Thank you for supporting Katie’s Krops. It is only with your support that we are able to ‘grow’. Katie’s Krops is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization as identified under the Internal Revenue Service. Please see  The Wish List for more ways you can help Katie’s Krops gardens grow.

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Summerville, SC 29484


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We at Katie’s Krops would like to give special thanks to everyone who has helped us.  We would like to give special thanks to the following people:







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Park Seed

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Bonnie Plants


 Rawl’s Nature’s Greens Products 


Golden Sun



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Disney’s Friends for Change



Amazing Kids





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About Us


My 40 pound cabbage! My name is Katie Stagliano, I am now 17 years old and here is the story of how Katie’s Krops began. I received a cabbage seedling from a third grade program with Bonnie Plants in 2008.   I planted my seedling in the garden in the corner of my house.  Every day I would come out with the watering can and water it.  I would fertilize the cabbage and weed around it.  My family and I watched it grow massively in size.  One day our neighbors told us that deer had been seen in the neighborhood so my grandfather and I took action.  We decided to build a cage for it.  My grandfather arrived with supplies and we went to work.   At the end of the day it was done.   We had four wooden posts, one in every corner with chicken wire spread from one corner to another.  It worked.  No deer ate my cabbage or got anywhere near it.   When my cabbage was fully grown it weighed in at an amazing 40 pounds!

I knew my cabbage was special and it needed to find a special home.  My mom contacted Fields to Families a local organization that helps farmers get crops to organizations that feed the hungry to see where I could donate my cabbage.   They recommended we give my cabbage to Tri County Family Ministries, a local soup kitchen.

In May of 2008 we brought my cabbage to Tri County Family Ministries.  When I walked in I saw a huge line of people waiting for what might be the only meal they would have that day.   The people who worked there and who were eating there were so friendly and nice.  As I served my cabbage to the guests and they thanked me for helping to feed them I knew I could and I should do more to help.

That day at Tri County Family Ministries my dream was born.   My dream is that there are no hungry people.  I found help with my dream, first from Amazing-Kids.Org.  They held a ‘Launch My Dream’ t-shirt design contest.   I entered and out of hundred of entries I won!   But I didn’t stop there, I asked my school to help and they donated a huge plot of land for a garden.  The whole school kindergarten to 12th grade is helping and the harvest is donated to feed the hungry people.  But I didn’t stop there either.  I contacted Fields to Families and asked them if they could help. Their board of directors said ‘Yes’ and I now have a Master Gardener, Ms. Lisa, to work with.  But I am not stopping there.

I want more people to get involved, more people to help in the fight against hunger.  Growing vegetables is fun and it so great to help people.  If I can do it anyone can.  It doesn’t take a huge garden just a pot on your front porch with one vegetable plant can make a difference.  If people (I hope lots of kids too) could grow even one vegetable plant and donate the harvest to a local soup kitchen we could make a huge difference in the fight against hunger.

 I have lots of vegetable gardens now and so many wonderful people are helping me make my dream come true.  The wonderful people at Bonnie Plants have donated so many seedlings to my gardens.  I couldn’t do it without them! With the help of my family and friends I have started Katie’s Krops.  My hope is that Katie’s Krops will inspire lots of others to help in the fight against hunger.  

 In 2015 there are 83 Katie’s Krops gardens growing across the United States. Every garden is youth based. To learn about how kids, ages 9 to 16 in the United States, can get involved with Katie’s Krops visit the grant section of our website.

Welcome to Katie’s Krops

Katie’s Krops….Growing a dream!

IMG_0041.JPGThe idea for Katie’s Krops began with a 9 year old girl and a 40 pound cabbage.  In 2008 Katie brought home a tiny cabbage seedling home from school as part of the Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program.  She tended to her cabbage and cared for it until it grew to an amazing 40 pounds. Knowing her cabbage was special she donated to a soup kitchen where it helped to feed over 275 people.  Moved by the experience of seeing how many people could benefit from the donation of fresh produce to soup kitchens, Katie decided to start vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to help feed people in need.

Katie now has numerous gardens and has donated thousands of pounds of fresh produce to organizations that help people in need.  The mission of Katie’s Krops is to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes and donate the harvest to help feed people in need, as well as to assist and inspire others to do the same. The problem of hunger is real, Katie’s Krops mission is simple, we all can help because…

It only takes a seedling!