Katie’s Krops, a non-profit that empowers youth to grow a healthy end to hunger one vegetable garden at a time, has launched their 2021 National Grower Search. In 2021, Katie’s Krops will welcome seventy-five new children from across the country to start Katie’s Krops gardens in their communities to help reduce food insecurity across our nation. New Growers will receive all-inclusive grower boxes that will be shipped directly to their homes. The seventy-five new young Growers will join the team of children across the United States who have been gardening with Katie’s Krops for eleven years.
Children ages 7 to 16 in the United States are eligible to apply to become Katie’s Krops Growers and start a vegetable garden in their communities where the whole harvest is used to alleviate food insecurity. Youth who are selected to become Katie’s Krops Growers will receive an all-inclusive grower box, complete with everything necessary for kids to start their own garden. Children selected as Growers are eligible for funds to continue to grow year after year, making their gardens and their projects sustainable.
“As so many things have changed with 2020, we felt that it was only appropriate to change our growing model and welcome more Growers than ever before. We want children to be able to start Katie's Krops Gardens in the safety of their own backyards, patios, or balconies. With so much uncertainty but an undeniable rising need for healthy food across the country by families struggling during the pandemic, we wanted to create a model that would allow youth to have everything they needed right at their fingertips. Our grower kits allow youth to start a garden in their backyard, on their balcony, on their windowsill, etc., making it easier for healthy fresh food to be accessible to those who need it most,” says Katie Stagliano, Founder and Chief Executive Gardener of Katie’s Krops.
To date, young Katie’s Krops Growers have donated over 450,000 pounds of fresh produce to help individuals and families struggle with food insecurity and hunger across the country and Africa.
The application period opens on November 1st, and youth will have until December 31st to complete and mail in the application. Early applications are encouraged and will be weighted heavily in the decision process. Applications can be found on the Katie’s Krops website, www.KatiesKrops.com/