After Her Mega-Cabbage Fed 275 People In Need, Teen Helped Launch 80 Gardens To Feed Hungry

MarlarHeadshotFor 16-year-old Katie Stagliano, it started simply enough. When she was in third grade, she planted a cabbage seedling as part of a school gardening project. After it grew to a massive 40 pounds Stagliano donated it to a soup kitchen in her hometown, where it was cooked with ham and rice, serving more than 275 low-income individuals. After seeing the impact of just one seedling, the then-9-year-old was hooked. Using a plot of land donated by her elementary school, she created a community garden aimed at feeding the hungry as well as getting more classmates excited about gardening. The 16 year old’s garden last year was responsible for supplying 3,000 pounds of donated produce to local charities.