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A Greenhouse to Feed the Needy

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

The charitable acts of two Colorado businessmen enable a young woman to start her dream of feeding the needy.

The charitable acts of two Colorado businessmen enable a young woman to start her dream of feeding the needy.

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
— Anne Frank

Katie sitting on top of bags of soil

Recently, two gentlemen from Colorado sat in an office waiting for a meeting with a buyer from Lowe’s. As they waited, they glanced through a copy of Lowe's Creative Ideas magazine and saw a “Get Growing with Lowe’s” ad featuring a young gardener determined to change the world, one garden at a time. I am that young girl.

a forklift pulling supplies out of a truckbed

After checking out the Katie’s Krops website, they saw the list of items we could use to help feed people in need. There is small stuff, such as seeds and hoses, and bigger stuff -- such as a greenhouse. The men looked at each other and said, "We need to find this young lady, and we need to help her." And help they did.

Katie and helpers putting together the greenhouse

Following a few e-mails and phone calls, a semi was loaded with the items I needed. As the truck made the journey from Colorado to South Carolina, the two men boarded a flight for Charleston to meet the truck. These generous men were not just granting my wishes, they were coming to South Carolina to help me build my dream. They arrived as perfect strangers and left five days later as part of the Katie’s Krops family.

The greenhouse half built

And so on a chilly Saturday morning in December, a 53-foot semi pulled up on the dirt road to the Baker’s Farm and the home of a Katie’s Krops garden. I honestly did not know what to expect. As I turned to look into a massive trailer, I saw just how many dreams would grow from the simple flip of a page in a magazine. Inside I could see a large greenhouse and 12 pallets of garden soil. Shovels, rakes, fertilizer, and tomato stakes were also included. It was truly a truckload of garden dreams!

Katie's helpers building the greenhouse

Over the next two days, my family, friends, and supporters came together with our new friends from Colorado to build the new Katie’s Krops greenhouse. The end result was simply amazing: a 48' x 21' greenhouse filled with shelves and hanging bars -- one wish, one dream fulfilled by new friends.

Katie carrying a cider block

Now a new dream begins for me -- filling the greenhouse with vegetable seedlings to feed those in need. In place of the greenhouse, my wish list now includes thousands of peat pots to fill the shelves of the greenhouse. My new friends wanted to help to grow another dream: having a Katie’s Krops garden in all 50 states. They agreed to fund two additional grants for the grant cycle that just ended. This doubled the number of grants given to kids around the country to start vegetable gardens to feed people in their communities. As I reviewed applications, the perfect applicant happened to be located in . . . Colorado. As he grows the Katie's Krops dream in Colorado, I know there is amazing group of people to support him.

Katie and her friends inside the finished greenhouse

It’s wonderful how with the simple turn of a page someone can make a decision to improve the world. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who played a role in making the dreams of a young girl come true -- to Lowe’s for making me part of “Get Growing with Lowe’s,” to Aaron VanWingden, Dutch Heritage Gardens, and MojoGro. Together we are improving the world and not wasting a single moment!

To learn more about Katie and Katie's Krops visit www.KatiesKrops.com.