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WP Rawl Hosts Fourth Annual Katie’s Krops Camp in South Carolina

BY: Jen Velasquez | DATE: July 05, 2016
Email: jen@goldensunmarketing.com

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 participate."

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 www.FreshFoodMatters.com.

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.

 
 
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