| Park Seed Partners with Katie's Krops |
"It only takes a seedling." That is the motto of Katie's Krops, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to feeding the hungry in South Carolina and beyond. What makes Katie's Krops different from many other charitable organizations is its founder and manager: 16-year-old Katie Stagliano, who began the company as a child of nine. And now Park Seed Company, a mail-order gardening company based in South Carolina, has partnered with Katie's Krops to help home gardeners across the country to contribute to the cause.
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The seed horticulturists at Park Seed Company have selected more than a dozen varieties from their spring 2015 collection to be designated for Katie's Krops donation. A portion of the sales of each will be donated directly to young Katie, who has started many vegetable gardens for the needy in communities far beyond her hometown of Summerville, South Carolina. Katie's Krops has the goal of starting gardens in all 50 states, and with contributions from the sales of Park Seed's vegetable varieties, that goal is within sight!
Katie initially became interested in feeding the hungry when she was in third grade. She brought home a cabbage seedling she had sprouted in school and planted it in her family's garden. In time, she harvested a walloping 40-lb cabbage, donated it to a local soup kitchen, and was astonished to learn that it had helped feed more than 275 people. A gardener was born, but more importantly, a passion for feeding the hungry from the fruits of the garden.
Now Katie works with volunteers and other non profit organizations to help communities learn how to grow vegetable gardens, harvest the crops, and feed those in need with fresh, healthy, delicious food. "I want more people to get involved, more people to help in the fight against hunger," Katie says. "Growing vegetables is fun and it is so great to help people."
The folks at Park Seed Company agree. Among the seeds they have selected for the donation program are two new varieties for 2015, the award-winning Lettuce Sandy and the succulent magenta Beet Moulin Rouge. Both can be grown as "baby veggies" and harvested in just a month. Other varieties include the classic Tomato Better Bush, the richly flavored Basil Crimson King, and the ultra-sweet Watermelon Shiny Boy. To maximize the potential donations to Katie's Krops, Park Seed selected one variety from more than a dozen of the most popular types of vegetables grown in home gardens, making it possible to plant and grow an entire veggie patch of Katie's Krops varieties.
Katie's Krops and Park Seed Company share a goal of bringing homegrown produce into more American homes through backyard vegetable growing. As Katie says, "If I can do it, anyone can."