Our 2021 Katie’s Krops Honorees

Our 2021 Katie’s Krops Growers have done an outstanding job serving their communities in these difficult times. We are thrilled to recognize the Growers who have gone above and beyond this year. Congratulations to all. We are exceeding proud of you.

Katie’s Krops Grower of the Year-Cece Hartford

We are thrilled to announce Cece Hartford of Maryland as our 2021 Grower of the Year! Cece, 15, has been growing with Katie’s Krops for six years and has been a true leader during her tenure. Her efforts started at her home, expanded to a community garden, and then launched a large garden at her school. Gardening has been a family affair for the Hartford family. Her mom, dad, and brothers have grown with her and supported her efforts. Cece continually seeks new ways to expand her efforts, and we are so proud of her! We are honored to award Cece a scholarship for her higher education.

Rookie of the Year- Clayson Thayer

Our Rookie of the Year is Clayson Thayer! Clayson is 8 years old from Nevada. He has done a fantastic job. In his first year as a Katie’s Krops Grower, he grew over 350 lbs of produce! Clayson is already planning next year’s garden and how he can improve. We are so excited to see what next year brings!

Spirit Award- Toni and Austin Carr

Our Spirit Award goes to Toni and Austin Carr! Toni and Austin are 7 and 9 and from Ohio. In their first year as Katie’s Krops Growers, they have shown us how excited they are to make a difference in their community! Their creativity and enthusiasm are infectious, and we are so excited for them to continue to grow with us for years to come.

Leadership Award – Katie Rudins

Our Leadership Award goes to Katie Rudins! Katie is 16 from North Carolina. Katie truly embodies what it means to be a leader. Her garden is located at the Horizons at Carolina Day School and empowers 60 youth between the ages of 5-9 to learn about gardening, healthy eating, caring for the environment, and helping their neighbors in need! We are so proud of Katie!

Extra Mile Award- Alsyon Hanna

Our Extra Mile Award goes to Alyson Hanna. Alyson is 10 from South Carolina. Alyson continues to go the extra mile to make sure those in her community have access to healthy, fresh produce. When Alyson learned that a local farmer was going to plow under his entire field full of corn and watermelon, she knew she needed to step up. Along with her mom and her friend, she gleaned the entire field, gathering hundreds of pounds of produce to share with those struggling in her community. Way to go the extra mile Alyson!

Community Hero Award- Collin Howard

Our Community Hero Award goes to Collin Howard! Collin is 10, and he is from South Carolina. Collin is an incredibly hard worker and was always hungry for new knowledge to ensure that could have the best harvest and help as many people as possible! He went as far as drying his basil to prepare meals for those struggling in his community. Keep up the fantastic work Collin, we are so proud!

Green Thumb Award – Archer Ward

Our Green Thumb Award goes to Archer Ward. Archer is 10 and from Utah, and he certainly has a green thumb! Archer has won numerous awards for his beautiful crops, including a prize-winning turnip and cauliflower. We love seeing all of the amazing things he grows and shares with those in need in his community! Thank you for sharing your talents with your community Archer!