Thank You, Donors!

We’re excited to announce that our first annual Growing the Green fundraising campaign was an enormous success, with over seventy individuals contributing $6,606 of support for our youth employees!

We are so thankful for the generous contributions of the following individuals (and more!). Your support allows us to bring quality youth employment to young people in New Orleans, and bring about lasting change through sustainable urban agriculture. THANK YOU!

Grow Dat Donors, Growing the Green Campaign, Winter 2011-2012

Rachel Lee
Kristy Magner
Sean Gilligan
Alex Budak
Joann Ricci
Katie Bingham
Mara LePere Schloop
Betty Burkes
GK Darby
Steffan Heuer
Raphael Cassimere Jr
John Hopper
Brian Gorman
Will Widmer
Nick Jenisch
Suze Gardner
Naomi Wood
Char Keith
Kim Spencer
Molly Mitchell
Regina Wright
Summer Lewis
David Edeli
Colleen Kelleher
Kathy Ogle
Leo N Gorman
Melinda St Louis
Matthew R Whipple
Waggonner & Bell Architects (Sherry Gilchrist)
David Charne
Matt Olson
Riley Merline
Virginia Rangel
Susan Gartner
Rufus Ayres
Zoe Scharff
Becca Fuchs
Michelle Gorman
Jennifer Leis
Lou Samuel
Marshall Scallan
Lucy Colville
Macon Fry
Linda Newell Hutchins
Amy Morris
Bonnie McKinney
Gina Margillo
Tiffany Lin
Max Elliot

*Other supporters showed their commitment to Grow Dat by purchasing tools for our farm! Their honor roll will be featured soon.

Join Grow Dat as a CORE VOLUNTEER!

The Grow Dat Youth Farm enthusiastically introduces “Core Volunteer Tuesdays!”

Beginning Jan 17th we will gather every Tuesday morning from 8-11am at the Grow Dat farm site in City Park to harvest and process crops for market, make compost, maintain our fields and build community. These work sessions will grow our farm’s capacity to produce food in a sustainable way while helping to create a setting for a rigorous youth leadership program for years to come.

We’re especially looking for folks who can commit to at least two Tuesdays per month to ensure a consistent and high-quality work schedule. So, come on out, bring a friend and become a “Core Volunteer!”

For more information, please contact Jabari Brown at

See you next Tuesday!

Field Report: AmeriCorps VISTA Jabari Brown Reports Back on Grow Dat

Jabari Brown, Grow Dat’s fabulous Education and Volunteer Specialist, just released his first field report on the VISTALink blog.

Jabari joined Grow Dat as an AmeriCorps VISTA and is now part of the VISTALink network, building connections in his work with VISTA Volunteers across a wide variety of Higher Education Institutions.

Check out Jabari’s field report here, and hear his analysis of Grow Dat’s pilot year.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation Awards Grow Dat $35,000 – the Highest IMPACT Grant Allocation!!!

Grow Dat is honored to be selected as one of the ‘best nonprofit organizations in the region’, receiving the highest award of the new IMPACT Grants from the Greater New Orleans Foundation!

From the 12.21.11 GNOF press release about the awards:

“The IMPACT Program is the Foundation’s largest discretionary grants program. In partnership with its generous donors, the Foundation invests in highly effective nonprofit organizations in the following four categories: arts and culture; education; health and human services; and youth development.

“IMPACT 2011 allows us to identify and invest in the best nonprofit organizations in the region,” said Dr. Albert Ruesga, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “These nonprofit leaders are working tirelessly to make this a thriving community for all. Their contributions add tremendously to the health and vibrancy of our region.”

The IMPACT 2011 review process was rigorous. “The Foundation received over 250 letters of interest from nonprofit organizations applying for grants,” said Ellen Lee, senior vice president of programs for the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The application review process included a site visit by Foundation staff, a careful study of all the financial information for the organization, and a review by the Foundation’s grants committee. “These are tough economic times for many of our area’s nonprofits. In addition to financial support, IMPACT grantees are supported throughout the year with networking opportunities, communications assistance, and investments of time by the Foundation staff.'”

See the Times-Picayune coverage of the awards: