North Augusta girl named Grower of the Year

Sabrina Denson, mother of Ariane Denson, said everyone in the family was excited after hearing the news about Ariane winning the Katie’s Krops Grower of the Year award.

“I was surprised and excited,” said Denson. “Ariane enjoys spending time in the garden with her grandfather. They’ve both really flourished working day to day gardening.”

Katie’s Krops is a youth-based nonprofit based in Summerville, South Carolina dedicated to ending hunger one vegetable garden at a time. Ariane, who is currently in the 4th grade at Belvedere Elementary, joined Katie’s Krops in 2022.

Denson said after hearing about the nonprofit from a family member she didn’t hesitate to sign up Ariane.

“Ariane had to write a profile about herself and why she wanted to join the organization,” said Denson. “She explained that she wants to help retirees be able to afford vegetables. She gives a lot of the produce to the people in the neighborhood. A portion goes to the family. Most of it is given away.”

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