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One of our volunteers is making headlines with her continued efforts to turn gardens into food for the hungry.

See the AOL article below.

(Photo from Katie’s Krops website)

Sixth-Grade Philanthropist Offers Grant to Encourage Gardening

Jan 7, 2011 – 11:08 AM

Susanna Baird- Contributor

Sixth-grader Katie Stagliano knows how multiply.

She turned a 40-pound cabbage from her garden into part of a meal for 275 people at a Charleston, S.C., soup kitchen. She turned that single experience into Katie’s Krops, a nonprofit that has grown thousands of pounds of fresh produce for soup kitchens and other organizations helping people in need.

Katie wants children in other states to grow their own philanthropic gardens.

“It is my dream to have a vegetable garden in every state to feed those in need,” she told AOL News. “To make that possible in 2011, I am offering a Katie’s Krops grant.”

Katie’s invited green-thumbed, big-hearted children from 9 to 16 to apply for a gardening grant: up to $400 to start a garden, support from Katie’s Krops, and a digital camera to document their adventures in the soil. The winner must donate 100 percent of their produce proceeds to an organization helping to feed hungry people in their community.

To learn more about the grant, visit KatiesKrops.com.

To read AOL News’ profile of Katie, go to “Sixth-Grader’s Harvest Stocks Food Pantry Shelves.”

As Katie says, “Happy Growing in 2011!”


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Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (September 12, 2010) – Fields to Families, an organization dedicated to helping increase nutrition to the area hungry by coordinating the distribution of fresh produce, expanded its operations this year to include a garden, with 100 percent of the produce going to feed the hungry.

“We are so grateful to our community partners and volunteers, not only for their financial support, but also their caring and concern for the most needy in our community,” said Phyllis Ford, chairperson of Fields to Families Board of Directors.

The Whole Foods Market Fields to Families Garden, located in Monck’s Corner, will grow even larger on Trident United Way’s Day of Caring – September 14 thanks to volunteers from Santee Cooper.

A dozen employees will work onsite with one group focusing on outfitting the “shedquarters” (where the supplies are housed) with shelving, bins, and hooks. The other team will build six additional beds using a no-till organic gardening method that was employed by the Master Gardeners with the assistance of Clemson Extension to install the garden’s existing beds.

Thanks to the generous support of Harvest Level sponsor Whole Foods Market – Mt. Pleasant, the Junior League, Sisters of Caritas, Blackbaud, Gardener’s Supply Company, and countless volunteers, Fields to Families’ inaugural garden was born in April of this year.

“Whole Foods Market is excited about our partnership with the Fields to Families Garden. Providing healthy, nutritious, locally-grown food to people in need is an important part of building and maintaining a healthy body,” said Pam Fischette, Whole Foods Market’s director of marketing. “We are inspired by the great work that Fields to Families is doing to make fresh produce available to the hungry in our communities.”

The Master Gardeners, Clemson Extension staff, and many other Fields to Families volunteers broke ground this spring by building six raised beds at the Monck’s Corner garden. They used a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener. Since then, six additional beds have been added, yielding a harvest of squash, okra, eggplant, pepper, tomatoes, beans, and herbs.

An additional workday is planned at the garden on Saturday, September 18, when the Junior League, an organization that selected Fields to Families as a community partner organization this year, will install an additional six beds, bringing the total to 24 beds.

For more information about Fields to Families and to volunteer, visit


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On behalf of Fields to Families, we are so fortunate to have some of the best, hardworking volunteers in the Lowcountry. Among those that glean and are recipients for their community is Take It To The Streets Ministry. One thing that I have learned about gleaning is how to be flexible. Many of our volunteers let me know when they are available, but we have to keep in mind that the farmers are making the most of their opportunities to sell what they have. Usually in the 11th hour we receive a phone call or an invitation to glean.

This was the case last week, when Walter Earley from Hickory Bluff Nursery and Berry Farm made his strawberries available to Fields to Families. However, I am convinced it was Divine Intervention, I had a chance meeting with Take It To The Streets at the Blackbaud Volunteer Fair. I connected them with a fast-approaching glean date and they were able to meet the needs for their own community, while pairing us with a Georgia mission group.

Connor and Jesse are tremendous leaders for TI2TS and among the families they serve and touch on a daily basis. You have to visit their blog because it’s truly a touching story. Everything fell into place and much of the work was accomplished before the rain. You can not always plan for the best of situations, but must always be flexible with what you have got. The first day back from Memorial Day weekend was a huge feat to overcome, but with TI2TS it went off without a hitch!

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Strawberry Picking

Walter Earley of Hickory Bluff Nursery and Berry Farm is inviting us to glean strawberries on Tuesday morning. We need volunteers to help pick and deliver these berries. If you have not gleaned before please fill out a waiver here. Children, under 18, have a separate waiver to be completed.

For those that are able to attend, please drop me an email: christina@fieldstofamilies.org. I need someone to donate to designated agencies afterwards and will supply directions, as well as a primary contact.

Pack a hat, spray on the sunscreen/bug spray, and if you happen to swing by the grocery store, then collect any shallow boxes to transport the berries. I would suggest a box that isn’t too deep. Pineapple, snow peas, and berry boxes are the best size for strawberries without getting them smushed.

Thanks Charleston for all of the support and manpower to keep the Lowcountry nourished with fresh produce! A map to Holly Hill and Hickory Bluff.

If it’s your first time gleaning strawberries, as a courtesy the farmers ask that you remove any of the bad berries from the plant. Also, when you’re picking and the berry juices in your hands then it’s too ripe you can just dispose of those as well. Walter will explain any particular protocol for their farm when you arrive. ***Please track your (roundtrip) mileage and time + travel donated for our reports and tax purposes, thank you!

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Tune into WCIV-ABC News 4 tonight for a volunteer spotlight featuring Fields to Families!

We will be manning the phone banks and hope you’ll be able to pledge whatever you’re able to give. Be it $5 or $10, help support our mission to feed the Lowcountry. Our garden in Moncks Corner is about ready to harvest and we thank everyone and Whole Foods Market for making it possible to grow our own produce to donate.

As we begin to grow and further our footprint, we are excited to announce a new addition to our donor agencies: Hickory Bluff Nursery + Berry Farm will be joining the ranks of Ambrose, Boone Hall, Owl’s Nest, Fields, and Rosebank farms.

I’ll have news about our next gleaning opportunity soon. In the meantime, mark June 2nd for a grand opening of Oil and Vinegar in Mt. Pleasant Towne Center. The Samber Family is going to donate 5% of their proceeds on opening night to Fields to Families. We hope you will join us as we welcome them to Charleston and hope you can support their contribution to Fields to Families. You can read about Oil and Vinegar in the Moultrie News here.

And of course, as usual if you or someone you know would like to join as a volunteer, you may do so here.

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In March, 2008, college students harvested collards at Rosebank Farms to help feed the hungry and disadvantaged in the Lowcountry.

In March, 2008, college students harvested collards at Rosebank Farms to help feed the hungry and disadvantaged in the Lowcountry.

We are very excited that gleaning has begun, and we know that many of our volunteers are just as excited as we are. We wanted to post a friendly reminder that, because of the nature of farming, gleaning opportunities are sporadic and unpredictable.

Currently, there are plans for gleaning at various time slots at Rosebank Farms on Johns Island. For more specific details, please contact us at info@fieldstofamilies.org.

If you have signed up to glean at Boone Hall Farms, take heart,  you will be called to glean when the opportunity becomes available. Since farming is not an exact science, we cannot put a date on when or where crops will be available, but please rest assured, wherever and whenever gleaning opportunities are available to Fields to Families, you will be notified.

In order to receive information on gleaning and other volunteer opportunities,  please file an online application at  www.fieldstofamilies.org/signup if you have not already.

Thanks, and happy gleaning!

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The grey skies didn’t stop the farmers from hauling the vegetables downtown, and that’s great for Fields to Families because the majority of our donations come from these generous donors. We are out here every Saturday from 12 to 2 with an information booth, and our awesome volunteers come each and every week to gather donated produce and deliver it to people in need. So next time you are at any of the area markets, stop by, and say hi and sign up to volunteer! (And take home some free veggie seeds!)


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