Katie Stagliano, a sixth-grader from South Carolina, has been concerned with the environment and helping others for as long as she can remember. At age 4, Katie invented a recyclable toothbrush that sings a rap song to remind users to conserve water. In third grade, Katie talked to her school board to create a water-conservation effort and created Katie’s Krops to provide vegetables for the needy.
Katie’s Krops, a nonprofit organization, was founded after Katie planted a cabbage seed in her family garden; it grew to an astounding 40 pounds and she donated it to a soup kitchen. After creating meat, rice and cabbage meals, the soup kitchen was able to feed 275 people! Elois Mackey, a recipient of Katie’s vegetable gardens, said that Katie shows “that you can help other people no matter how young you are.” To learn how to start your own garden, please visit Katie's Krops Kids Gardening Tips!
After donating the cabbage, Katie started planting vegetable gardens--Katie’s Krops now has six gardens, including a football-stadium size garden at her local school--with the help from her family, neighbors and classmates. Over the past year, Katie has donated over 2,000 pounds of vegetables to nearby food pantries and hopes to donate another 1,200 pounds by October 2010. To read more about Katie and her garden, please read "From Seedlings to Servings: 11-Year-Old Grows Tons of Veggies for the Homeless."
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