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WP RAWL Hosts Final Katie's Krops Camp To Educate And Provide Hands-On Experience

BY: Jen Velasquez | DATE: July 10, 2017
Email: jen@goldensunmarketing.com

Pelion, SC; July 10, 2017- WP Rawl, the premier grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens in the U.S., hosted its fifth and final Katie's Krops Camp earlier this month alongside its founder, 18-year -old Katie Stagliano. Katie's Krops is a non-profit focused on empowering young growers to plant vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to the underserved in their communities.

For the past five summers, WP Rawl has hosted an all-expenses paid camp and invited Katie's Krops growers to travel to South Carolina for. Over 60 participants were handpicked from around the country to attend the camp where growers aged 8-18 received an education in agriculture, attended workshops on growing practices, and learned about budgeting, careers in produce and nutrition.

"I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have spent the past five years at WP Rawl," says Katie Stagliano. "I have learned so much while making memories with the Rawl family and Katie's Krops growers from across the country.  The experience has shaped me as a grower and forever improved Katie's Krops - it's made us a stronger organization by providing this opportunity to youth across the country."

One of the most important parts of the final camp took place on the third night when they joined the monthly Katie's Krops dinner, held in Katie's hometown of Summerville, SC. For the first time ever, the Katie's Krops Camp crew participated in the monthly ritual that has become so important to the Katie's Krops family where they served close to 300 meals to those in need.

The monthly dinners started with Katie Stagliano was only 12-years-old. This amazing group of children has devoted over 600 hours preparing and serving over 2,000 meals at 13 dinners over the past six years. When the only full-time soup kitchen in Summerville shut their doors suddenly for financial reasons, Katie knew she needed to do something to help fill the void for families struggling in Summerville, SC and the Tri County Area. With tremendous support from community members and help from sponsors such as WP Rawl, Katie has served a monthly dinner for the last 6 years without missing a single month.

Katie's Krops dinner holds its dinners at the Summerville Baptist Church where volunteers serve an average of 200 meals each month. Most guests are families in the community battling food insecurity, homelessness, life altering medical diagnosis and unemployment. Some families simply need additional support at the end of the month as food stamps run out.

"Katie's vision and story has been a true inspiration," says Ashley Rawl, vice president of sales, marketing and product development at WP Rawl. "We instantly knew we wanted to be a part of her cause and encourage these young growers and their desire to impact their local communities. Over the past five years, we have shared our growing practices with these growers and it has been rewarding for all of us to see them grow and make a difference in their communities."

For five years, the Katie's Krops Camp gave young growers not only the opportunity learn about agriculture and how to best serve their communities, but also provided a focus on nutrition and the benefits of eating fresh.

Notable Facts About WP Rawl's Katie's Krops Camp

  • During the course of the camp Katie's Krops Growers have grown and donated 70,000+ pounds of produce
  • Growers who attended the camp gained skills that resulted in increased productivity. Previous camper Madi Sutton of North Carolina used the knowledge she gained and became the top producer two years in a row. During her tenure with Katie's Krops she has grown and donated more than 8,000 pounds of produce from her own backyard.
  • Some growers who have attended the camp have gone on to study agriculture in college.
  • Many previous campers started second and third gardens using the skills they learned at WP Rawl.
  • Campers left a lasting mark on South Carolina communities by starting gardens at Harvest Hope, Lexington Interfaith Community Services White Knoll Middle School. They also hosted two Katie's Krops Dinners and served a healthy, free meal to those most in need.

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 not-for-profit was founded by 18-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 90 youth-run gardens in 30 states.

About WP Rawl
WP Rawl is a fourth generation family farm which has grown to become a full-service grower/processor/shipper, specializing in year-round bulk and value-added leafy greens and vegetables in the Rawl®, Nature's Greens®, Palmetto Gardens® and Versatile Veggies® brands. In 2015, the company celebrated its 90th anniversary.

 
 
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