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Third Annual Katie’s Krops Camp Coming in July

BY: Jen Velasquez | DATE: March 02, 2015
Email: jen@goldensunmarketing.com

Pelion, SC; March 2015-It all started with a girl and the 40-pound cabbage she grew. Katie's Krops, a non-profit focused on empowering kids to plant vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to the underserved in their communities, will hold the Third Annual Katie's Krops Camp at the WP Rawl headquarters in Pelion, SC.

In 2008 eight-year-old Katie Stagliano brought a tiny cabbage seedling home from school as part of the Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program.  She tended to her cabbage and cared for it until it grew to an amazing 40 pounds. Knowing her cabbage was special, she donated it to a soup kitchen where it helped feed over 275 people.  Moved by the experience of seeing how many people could benefit from the donation of fresh produce to soup kitchens, Katie decided to start vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to help feed people in need-and Katie's Krops was born.

Today, Katie's Krops has more than 60 gardens in over 25 states and benefits those in need spanning the country from Hawaii to Maine and Washington to Florida.

After hearing Katie speak at a produce industry show in the summer of 2012, Ashley Rawl, Director of Marketing at WP Rawl knew he wanted to help Katie fulfill her dream of having a garden in every state. At the end of 2012, WP Rawl made a donation coming from sales of the company's Nature Green's kale that is sold in grocery stores across the country. He also wanted to host a camp for Katie's Krops grantees where they could learn from one another, and the Katie's Krops Camp concept was born.

The third annual camp will come to fruition on July 8-11, 2015 and each year has been successful and different: year one brought the grantees to do a Katie's Krops Dinner in Columbia, where they fed a warm, healthy and free meal to the underserved from vegetables they themselves harvested; year two brought them to the local Harvest Hope Food Bank, where they built a raised bed vegetable garden for them to grow their own vegetables, which the food bank has kept up. This summer's project is yet undisclosed, but the 16 campers, including Katie, will once again participate in a community service project.

All Katie's Krops grantees had the opportunity to apply for this camp, but only 15 lucky winners were chosen to attend in 2015. The three-day camp not only rewards them, but will also teach them about growing practices, budgeting and giving back to their communities. It also gives them the opportunity to get to know their peers, learn from Katie herself as well as meet special celebrity guests, including Monique Coleman, formerDisney's High School Musicalstar who is currently partnering with WP Rawl to promote eating more greens through the company's Nature's Greens line.

"It is not every day that we are able to get various members of the Katie's Krops family together, so I am very excited and thankful for this opportunity," remarked Katie, 16. "It has been a wonderful experience to meet our grantees in person, to learn from them and further empower them to grow a healthy end to hunger in their communities. I am so grateful to WP Rawl for making my dreams a reality by hosting and sponsoring the camp and supporting our grant cycle." 

"The first time I met Katie, I knew I wanted to help her cause," said Ashley Rawl, vice president of Sales, marketing and product development for WP Rawl. "I started thinking of ways we could help her empower other kids to do the same thing she is already doing. Katie's Krops Camp was born on that day and I am so pleased to be talking about it on the eve of year three."

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 14-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 50 youth-run gardens in over 20 states.

About WP Rawl
Dating back to 1925, WP Rawl is a third 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 will celebrate its 90th anniversary.

 
 
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