WP Rawl Hosts Fourth Annual Katie’s Krops Camp in South Carolina
PELION, S.C. - July 5, 2016 -Katie's
Krops, a non-profit focused on empowering young growers to plant
vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to the underserved in
their communities, held its fourth-annual camp from June 27 to June
29 at the WP Rawl headquarters in Pelion, S.C.
The camp, an all-expenses-paid experience, was once again hosted
and sponsored by WP Rawl, the premier grower, processor and shipper
of leafy greens.
"We are so proud to support Katie's Krops with this dedicated
camp once again", said Ashley Rawl, vice president of sales,
marketing and product development at WP Rawl. "We are truly
inspired by this young lady whom we've been watching grow year
after year. It is refreshing to get to know and interact with young
people who are excited to make a difference in their local
communities and in the world."
Katie Stagliano, chief executive gardener and founder of Katie's
Krops, selected 12 campers from all states as far west as Oklahoma,
as north as Massachusetts and Georgia in the South to attend this
year's camp, where they learned new growing techniques, and hosted
a service project to aid a fellow Katie's Krops grower at White
Knoll Middle School in West Columbia, S.C. where they expanded the
garden and added irrigation. The campers, ranging in ages between
10 and 18, also prepared a mock "Katie's Krops Dinner," modeled
after the monthly dinners Katie and her friends host for those in
need in her hometown of Summerville, S.C. Campers also
visited the WP Rawl headquarters - getting special private tours of
both the fields and the plant. This was added after the inaugural
year, when many campers expressed interest in careers in
agriculture as well as a curiosity of what companies like WP Rawl
do "behind the scenes."
Stagliano is beyond thrilled for the opportunity to come to WP
Rawl with her peers.
"I am so grateful to WP Rawl and their generosity year after
year" said Stagliano. "Every time they host us, they make us feel
like part of the family and we get more out of this experience than
I can begin to describe. I hope they know how much this means to me
and to the Katie's Krops growers who get the opportunity to
Katie's Krops is currently working with Sub-Zero, the industry
leader in premium refrigeration and wine storage to raise funds to
start 25 new gardens. Now through July 31, each time the hashtag
#FreshFoodMatters is used on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,
Sub-Zero will donate $5 to Katie's Krops, up to $25,000. The grant
awarded would provide the chance for funding, maintenance, and
education to allow young growers to start, continue, and ultimately
harvest their vegetable gardens for donation to food banks, soup
kitchens, homeless shelters, backpack programs, and cancer centers
to help feed people in need in their communities. To view Katie's
story on why Fresh Food Matters, visit
Katie's Krops wouldn't be possible without the support of
donations. For more information on Katie's Krops and WP Rawl,
please visit www.katieskrops.org and www.rawl.net.
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About Katie's Krops
Katie's Krops empowers youth across the country to end hunger in
their communities, one vegetable garden at a time. The youth-based
501c3 was founded by now 17-year-old Katie's Stagliano who at the
tender age of 9 donated a 40-pound cabbage to a soup kitchen where
it fed 275. Moved by the experience, she started Katie's Krops
which currently has over 100 youth-run gardens in 32 states.
About WP Rawl
Dating back to 1925, WP Rawl is a fourth generation family farm
which has grown to become a grower/shipper/processor, specializing
in year-round bulk and value-added leafy greens and vegetables in
the Rawl®, Nature's Greens®, Palmetto
Gardens® and Versatile Veggies® brands.