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A Look Back

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Lowe's teen gardening blogger Katie Stagliano looks back at a year of helping others -- one garden at a time.

Katie's Krops founder Katie Stagliano is growing food for those in need.
Katie planting an herb

As I look back on the past year and at all the wonderful things 2011 has brought, I'm just amazed! There are so many memorable moments I will never forget -- from shooting the Everyday Health TV show to awarding grants to kids across the country to start their own gardens and feed people in need.

I started the year on a high note: I was asked to write for Lowe’s Creative Ideas ! I was only 12 years old, so being asked to be a blogger for such a prestigious company was (and is) an incredible honor! It’s wonderful to share my Katie’s Krops garden adventures with you every month.

Katie sitting in a tractor

Growing Katie's Krops nationally has been my dream, and in 2011 we awarded grants to kids throughout the country to help them get started growing vegetable gardens to feed people in need. Early in the year I had the challenging task of choosing two grantees out of more then 200 applications. In fact, the task was so hard that I decided to award not two but seven grants and three mini grants. The grantees have grown fantastic gardens around the country.

A Television crew interviewing Katie

In October, the Everyday Health on ABC highlighted our efforts to raise awareness about the lack of soup kitchens in Summerville. Since the show aired, we have partnered with the First Baptist Church to serve meals to anyone in need in my hometown. We look forward to filling the calendar with lots of dates for future meals.

I never imagined that my gardens would lead me to the United Nations, yet in August that’s exactly where I found myself. I attended the Year of the Youth Culmination Celebration at the United Nations as a delegate for Disney’s Friends for Change. There I was able to help prepare a bag of supplies for the New York soup kitchens and award Sarah, my Katie's Krops/AllyKatzz grantee, her grant in person. Sarah is the first grantee I have ever met in person.

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