Hootenanny next door at Popp Fountain’s Arbor Room

The HOOTENANNY has finally arrived!

The Hootenanny is on, and we are moving the festivities next door to the gorgeous Arbor Room at Popp Fountain. It has a stellar dance floor and — perhaps most importantly for this drizzly spring day — ceilings! Hurray! Popp Fountain is nearby door the farm so you can still peek at our lush fields growing thousands of pounds of vegetables for New Orleans from a distance.


Advance ticket sales are now closed but you can purchase walk-up tickets at the event starting at 7pm tonight.

Popp Fountain’s Arbor Room is located in City Park at 30 Zachary Taylor Drive, right off Marconi Drive. (Before you get to the dog park and Grow Dat.)

Please help spread the word! We look forward to seeing you all in your best Barn Dance dress tonight.

Team Grow Dat

It’s HOOTENANNY Time! (Tomorrow, 4/17/14)


Please join us on the farm for Grow Dat’s biggest party of the year
April 17 from 7-10pm
Skip the line with cheaper tickets in advance!

The musicians are tuning their instruments, the chefs and bartenders are in the test kitchen working their magic, and the weather is looking beautiful — a guaranteed good time will be had by all!

Square dancing led by caller Nathan Harrison with the Small Batch String Band will kick off an evening of revelry on the farm. Headliner Bruce ‘Sunpie’ Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots never fail to delight. Ready to showcase your Zydeco dance moves?!

Premier local restaurants dishing up delightful small plates for the event include Mondo, Dante’s Kitchen, Pagoda Cafe, St. James Cheese Company, Gary Granata of Slow Food NOLA, Nola Pie Guy, Good Eggs, Bittersweet Confections, and Cafe NOMA. And don’t forget unlimited craft cocktails and ice cold beer brought to you by amazing bartenders from the Barman’s Fund.

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year so please bring your friends and help support youth growing food for New Orleans!

Reserve your tickets online now! They’re cheaper and you’ll be able to make a bee-line to the fun faster on Thursday. Advance ticket sales close at noon the day of the festivities.

P.S. We heard a rumor that there will be prizes for BEST DRESSED and TOP RUG-CUTTERS (dancers) so come dressed to impress and ready to strut your stuff on the dance floor. Dress code? Why, Barn Dance Style, of course.

A big thank you to our Fiscal Sponsor, Slow Food NOLA

Already have your tickets? Hurray! Thank you! To further your support, would you please help spread the word by inviting your friends, family and coworkers to the event? Grow Dat is truly a community effort and most people find out about us through personal connections. Spread the word to help us grow! Click to join the Facebook Event and share with your network.

Find us at: 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, City Park, between Pan Am Stadium and the NOLA Bark Dog Park

Grab your Dancing Shoes! Announcing Grow Dat’s second annual Hootenanny!

It’s Grow Dat’s biggest party of the year!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 17 for an evening with Bruce Sunpie Barnes, square dancing, craft cocktails, and treats from premier local restaurants and Chefs including Susan Spicer, Eman Loubier, Pagoda Cafe and Brennan Family Restaurants. Oh, and don’t forget the ice cold beer!


Details:  $35 sliding scale entry to dance the night away. All proceeds benefit local teens growing food for New Orleans!
$35.00 - includes cocktails, beer, music, dancing, small plates
$50.00 - includes cocktails, beer, music, dancing, small plates AND a $10 coupon to the weekly Grow Dat Farm Stand
$100 - includes cocktails, beer, music, dancing, small plates, AND an organic cotton Grow Dat tshirt, AND a $20 coupon to the weekly Grow Dat Farm Stand.



Plant and Tree Sale! Saturday, Oct. 26

Grow Dat Youth Farm Plant and Tree Sale!
Saturday, October 26
150 Zachary Taylor Drive, between Pan Am Stadium and the dog park in City Park

Happy customer at last year's Plant Sale! Photo by Will Widmer

Happy customer at last year’s Plant Sale! Photo by Will Widmer

Stock your fall/winter garden with the best! Bring home your favorite vegetable and herb starts, cultivated by Grow Dat staff and youth interns. We will also be selling native trees and shrubs.

Youth will be leading tours of our eco-campus and farm throughout the day.

Vegetable & herb starts (3” – 4” cont. and 6-packs) include:

Trees and shrubs (5, 10, and 20 gal. cont.) include:
Japanese magnolia
wax myrtle
river birch
crepe myrtle

CANCELLED: Come meet our youth at the Fall Garden Festival in City Park this weekend!

We are sorry to announce that due to possible stormy conditions from Tropical Storm Karen, the Fall Garden Festival has been cancelled.


Grow Dat youth will be presenting at the Urban Farm showcase at the New Orleans Botanical Garden’s Fall Garden Festival this Saturday and Sunday. Youth will give demonstrations in making a raise bed, planting the fall garden, composting, and urban chicken keeping (cluck, cluck!)

Simultaneously, youth will be offering free tours of our farm site and selling beautiful trees! Enjoy a  wonderful day in City Park by visiting both the festival and the farm.

Grow Dat Youth Farm Tree Sale and Farm Tours
Saturday, October 5 and Sunday October 6
10am – 5pm
Grow Dat Youth Farm site,
150 Zachary Taylor Dr. located between City Bark and Pan Am Stadium.

Youth interns will be leading tours of the farm and eco-campus, and will be selling native trees and shrubs to benefit the program.

Trees for sale:
Japanese Magnolia – $40
River birch – $40
Wax Myrtle – $30
Crepe Myrtle – $30
Viburnum – $20
Cherry Laurel – $20
Holly – $20
Inkberry – $20


GNOF Pop Up Happy Hour on the farm TONIGHT!


Please join us this evening for a pop-up happy hour at our farm from 5:30-6:30pm rain or shine! The Greater New Orleans Foundation will co-host what will be a very fun event indeed. So come on out for sunset drinks and great conversation with folks interested in our work.

Hope to see you this evening!


Grow Dat Farm Stand this Saturday!

FARM STAND in action! Photo Credit Ariel Roland

FARM STAND in action! All natural celery,  zuchinni, squash, herbs, kale and glorious cherry tomatoes! Photo Credit: Ariel Roland

Visit the Grow Dat Farm Stand for the next two Saturdays!
Saturday June 15 & Saturday June 22
150 Zachary Taylor Drive

Farm Stand flier

Join Dishcrawl and $5 of your ticket is donated to Grow Dat!

On Sunday, June 30, Dishcrawl will visit 8 different restaurants in the Garden District, all within walking distance. Your $10 entry fee will give you one food/drink ticket (to be redeemed at any participating restaurant for their featured item), 4 raffle tickets, and a $5 donation to Grow Dat!

Restaurants include:
Honeydeux- Mango Bubble Tea
Diva Dawg- Red Bean Chili Dawg
Roux Public House- Chargrilled Oysters
Down the Hatch-Pulled Pork Potato Skins ; Specialty Cocktail: NOLA Palmer (NOLA twist on an Arnold Palmer tea with vodka, lemon and min)
Voodoo BBQ- Corn Pudding/Abita Beer

Use the following promo code when purchasing a ticket and $5 will be donated to Grow Dat!
Promo code: GROWDAT

Dishcrawl for Grow Dat

Youth Anti-Violence Summit

Grow Dat recently hosted a Youth Anti-Violence Summit on the farm in response to the shooting on Mother’s Day which deeply touched our Grow Dat community.

It was a day of reflection, sharing, and an attempt to envision a world different than the one we inhabit today. Filmmaker John Richie screened a section of his film Shellshocked and answered questions. Youth wrote letters to someone in their lives that had been touched by gun violence, and then shared their letters with another crew member.

Crew members were invited to create two kinds of trees: an unhealthy tree that maps systems of violence in New Orleans and beyond;  and a healthy tree that maps systems of individual and community-wide success, peace and happiness. Youth were encouraged to identify the roots of both trees, brainstorm what sustains the roots and helps the trees grow (the trunk), and what sort of leaves or fruit are produced by each foundation. As leaves fall from the trees and touch the earth, they become the soil that nourishes the roots, creating a system that is reinforced and recirculated over time.

Tree of Life

Tree of ViolenceTree of Violence

William Mupo from the Health Department at the Mayor’s Office shared the city’s plan to address violence, and listened to youth recommendations on what they think the city should do.

Grow Dat youth answer the question: What can the City do to improve New Orleans?

  1. Create more job opportunities.
  2. Make the physical environment nicer.
  3. Identify people involved in crimes and provide them with resources to change.
  4. Improve the NOPD.
  5. Intervene to try to stop retaliation killings.
  6. Create preventative solutions to violence: counseling, medical care, etc.
  7. Create a safe community place for teens and children.
  8. Create new teen activities in the city.
  9. More funding for after school programs.
  10.  More things like Grow Dat.
  11.  Rebuild the movie theater and malls in the East.
  12.  More parks.
  13.  Improve the school system.
  14.  Raise age range for park ball.
  15.  Build new, safe, and fun communities in the East.
  16.  Improve public school buildings and resources.
  17.  Stop selling guns (so people are unable to get them).

Hootenanny! Barn Dance Benefit on the Farm, Thurs, April 18, 7-10pm


Grab your dancing shoes to cut a rug for a great cause

Thursday, April 18, 7pm-10pm
Grow Dat Youth Farm, 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, City Park

The mission of the Grow Dat Youth Farm is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. You can support these young adults who are growing food for New Orleanians by joining us for the Grow Dat Hootenanny. Proceeds from this Barn Dance Benefit will help us employ 25 young adults to grow 9,000 pounds of food this year!

What: Hootenanny featuring Bruce ‘Sunpie’ Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots and the Small Batch String Band.  Square dancing led by caller Nathan Harrison will kick off an evening of revelry on the farm.

An ole’ fashioned Cake Walk will showcase tempting cakes from premier NOLA Pastry Chefs: Cochon from the Link Restaurant Group, Maurepas Foods, Domenica, and Boucherie.

When: Thursday, April 18, 7-10 pm

Details:  $15-$20 entry to dance the night away. Fat Falafel and La Cocinita food trucks, craft cocktails and ice cold beer on-hand. All tickets, food and drink sales benefit local teens growing food for New Orleans!

Sponsored by Slow Food NOLA

Purchase tickets now or at the door: http://barndancebenefit.brownpapertickets.com 



Event: Sculptures into Mushrooms with artist/farmers Mei-ling Hom and David McClelland

Come assist as we inoculate the sculpture with oyster mushroom spawn!

Come assist as we inoculate the sculpture with oyster mushroom spawn!

The Intersection of the Visual and the Edible: A Workshop on How to Turn a Straw Sculpture into a Mushroom

Join artist/farmers Mei-ling Hom and David McClelland for an afternoon workshop at Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park on how to create a woven straw sculpture and how to inoculate the sculpture with oyster mushroom spawn.

The spawn will grow through the straw and produce a crop of edible mushrooms while digesting the straw and creating a rich compost-like soil amendment. Oyster mushrooms have the amazing ability to eat long chain molecules like the cellulose in wood and straw, and they can even break the molecular links in oil rendering it less toxic to the environment. If that isn’t spectacular enough, oyster mushrooms are carnivorous hunters, capturing nematodes in microscopic lassos and digesting them -mighty feats for a mere fungus! Join us at any time from 1-6 pm for this hands-on workshop exploring the intersection of art and mycoculture.

Rain or shine!
Wednesday, April 10th 1-6pm
Grow Dat Youth Farm
150 Zachary Taylor Dr. in City Park (between Pan American Stadium and Marconi Blvd)

Lenten Fish Fry on the farm with Slow Food


Lenten Fish Fry with Slow Food New Orleans
Friday, March 8
Grow Dat Youth Farm, 150 Zachary Taylor Drive

From Ian McNulty’s piece in The Gambit today:

“Guests can either buy individual dishes at various stations set up around Grow Dat’s campus or partake in a seated meal served in courses at a “captain’s table” on a balcony overlooking the scene. The menu includes a garden salad, fried catfish over coleslaw, vegetarian gumbo z’herbes, pistachio shrimp kebabs, vegetable kebabs and fish kebabs, sour cherry rice, rose petal and mint yogurt and gelato and sorbetto from La Divina Gelateria. Beer and wine will be for sale.

Singer/songwriter Kayte Grace, the Moscow 57 Band, artists including Emilie Rhys and local writer Elsa Hahne, author of the new cookbook “The Gravy—In the Kitchen with New Orleans Musicians” are all participating in the event.”

$5 admission (free for Slow Food members)
Individual food tickets are $5 each. The seated meal is $50. For tickets to the seated dinner, call Don Boyd at (504) 460-4050.

FEAST NOLA on the Farm this Sunday

Grow Dat is proud to host FEAST NOLA this Sunday, Nov. 18. Unfortunately this meal is already sold out, but check out their website to learn more about the organization and save the date for the next Feast.

Twice per year, the FEAST NOLA community unites around the Sunday dinner table to meet new people, discuss ideas about change, and vote on one of the top five proposals presented during dinner. During dinner, a group of artists, activists, and social entrepreneurs presents creative projects that will engage the local community. At the end of the dinner, everyone votes on his or her favorite proposal; and the night’s proceeds go to making the winning proposal a reality.

Dinner will be served up by Jarett Eymard and Rachel Carr Eymard of the NOLA food truck, Rue Chow. The May 20th winner, Jaime Broussard of the New Orleans Fruit Tree Project, will be returning to report on the impact of FEAST funding.

Hope the FEAST guests enjoy dinner on our farm!