The founder of Cities & Shovels, Karen Latsbaugh, started out years ago as an assistant director of the Charleston Area Children’s Garden project. This involved repurposing vacant lots throughout the city of Charleston into community gardens focused on engaging kids throughout the neighborhoods to explore and learn about gardens, growing produce, and making good food choices. Eventually Karen became a classroom teacher with the hopes of eventually teaching in an outdoor environment. She recently made that happen by forming Cities & Shovels to provide outdoor classes at schools, community organizations and personal residences throughout the Lowcountry.
Through her programs and projects, she gets to witness the strong connections that her students and families make to the process of gardening, getting outdoors, and learning what nature provides.