Johanna Gilligan, Grow Dat Co-Director, has been named one of 16 finalists for the new Black Male Achievement Fellowship, sponsored by Echoing Green and Open Society Foundations.
Johanna is honored to stand with these truly innovative finalists, all social entrepreneurs dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States. The selection process began at over 1,000 applicants several months ago, and now the finalists will convene in New York for interviews and final decisions in mid May.
Congrats to all the finalists! Good luck, Johanna!
Think you’re not a fan of turnips? Think again!
Grow Dat Wellness Specialist (and resident chef) Deb Willetts has concocted a truly fabulous Turnip Cole Slaw using the scarlet turnips which are now bountiful in our fields. Have you enjoyed our samples recently at the Sankofa Farmer’s Market? There’s a strong chance that this is the recipe you sampled! (Or, it might have been our Radish Leaf Pesto or Arugula Pesto – stay tuned to this blog for future delectable recipes.)
Turnip Cole Slaw
5 small turnips (about 4 cups shredded)
1 large carrot
2 green onions (optional)
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt
Shred turnips and carrot using cheese grater. Put in large bowl. In another bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, and salt and stir til well combined. Pour turnips and carrots and mix well. Garnish with chopped green onions if desired. Chill in fridge and serve cold.
Assistant Crew Leader Martin Raymond prepares samples of our own pestos and Turnip Cole Slaw at Sankofa Farmer's Market
WWL Channel 4 News recently profiled Grow Dat, naming the youth Crew Members Quiet Heroes of New Orleans.
Youth Crew Members Josh Kemp of De La Salle, Amber Young of New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School, and Brittany Gaines of Warren Easton all shared their stories with Sally-Ann Roberts last week as she toured the farm.
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Between cooking demos, presentations by partner organizations and delicious BBQ, an impromptu second line with Young Souls Brass Band introduced the families of our youth Crew Members to our farm.
Families of youth employees toured the farm and learned more about our work in New Orleans. The Grow Dat Wellness Team prepared fabulous food (radish pesto from our greens and homemade ribs!), Capital One representatives shared information about free bank accounts, and The Tulane Community Health Center connected interested families with wrap-around health care services.
Note the freshly-planted satsuma groves around the fields from our Growing Opportunity event with the NCAA!
Muffin, Ace and Johanna sound off on 89.9 WWNO’s Community Impact series with Ian McNulty.
Tune in to hear Muffin, Ace and Ms. Johanna on WWNO