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Dig In! Brings Katie’s Krops Founder to Wake County on March 10

Katie Stagliano, founder of Katie’s Krops

Save the date for AHA’s 9th Annual Dig In!, the focus this year is Feeding Community: How Community Gardens and Urban Ag Support a Healthy Wake County. Plan to join us in exploring how urban agriculture, community gardens and edible gardens in schools and child care settings grow a healthier Wake County. Learn how and commit to how you will contribute to healthier communities in Wake County through edible gardens and urban ag.

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Marbles Kids Museum

Keynoter: Katie’s Krops Founder

100 Katie’s Krops gardens in 32 states

19-year-old Katie Stagliano, founder of Katie’s Krops, will keynote Dig In! this year. Katie’s Krops is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes and donate the harvest to help feed people in need, as well as to assist and inspire others to do the same. Today Katie’s Krops includes 100 gardens in 32 states. All the gardens  are managed by youth aged 9-16, and 100% of the produce is donated to feed people in need in their communities.

The idea for Katie’s Krops began when Katie was in the 3rd grade.  In 2008 Katie brought home a tiny cabbage seedling 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 40 pounds. She donated a local soup kitchen in her hometown of Summerville, S.C.,  and then helped serve her cabbage to 275 guests of the soup kitchen. Katie decided that day to start a vegetable garden and donate the harvest to those in need.

Since then, she has realized her dream of having Katie’s Krops gardens across the United States;  Katie’s Krops now provides grants each year to youth applying to grow gardens.

Katie is currently serving her third term as a member of the Youth Advisory Board fort the Alliance of Healthier Generation, and in 2012 was named a Global Teen Leader for  Three Dot Dash®–  a global initiative of the We Are Family Foundation® designed to recognize and support the efforts of Global Teen Leaders around the world who are actively working on projects that promote a more peaceful society by addressing issues related to basic human needs: food, water, health, shelter, safety, education and the environment.

Katie’s work has earned her multiple other distinctions.

  • In 2012, Katie became the youngest recipient ever of the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Civil Society and in 2014 was named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
  • In 2016  Katie was named to The University of California inaugural Global Food Initiative 30 Under 30 Awards, which recognize 30 young pioneers and innovators trailblazing to solve the global food crisis by making extraordinary contributions in a wide array of food-related fields.
  • Katie’s outstanding achievements have landed Katie on the pages of People Magazine, USA Today, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Gardens, Time for Kids, and Weekly Reader to name a few of the national publications.
  • Katie has also been a question on Jeopardy, a guest on The Chew, a guest on CNN, featured on ‘Great American Heroes’ with host Trace Adkins, The Nate Berkus Show, The Katie Brown Workshop and featured on NBC Nightly News and ABC News.
  • Touring the country and speaking about her dream and youth service has earned Katie the “The Stellar Speaker” designation. She has had the honor of speaking to groups as large as 7,000 and was the keynote speaker for Global Youth Service Day 2015 at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.

AHA looks forward to having Katie share her story, inspiration and lessons learned along the way! Save the date and look for agenda details and early bird registration on Jan. 26!


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