Last minute gifts? Please consider supporting Grow Dat’s Growing the Green alternative gift campaign and create an extraordinary holiday season! (Photos courtesy of our youth Fall Interns – over the weekend they did a little photo shoot with Site Manager & Outreach Coordinator Jabari Brown for the campaign.)
Place your online order by midnight on Thursday 12/19 to ensure USPS delivery of your ‘Thanks for Giving’ cards by 12/24. After Thursday night, donors will recieve emailed PDFs of the cards that they can print at home.
If you have already made a donation or are unable to contribute this year, please help us spread the word to your family, coworkers and friends.
Hope your winter is merry and bright!
The Grow Dat Team
Grow Dat creates a safe and rigorous environment that challenges young people while supporting them in their growth. Please join our Growing the Green alternative gift campaign to support our work.
Grow Dat Youth Farm is excited to announce the launch of Growing the Green 2013 – our annual alternative gift campaign.
Support our work by giving the gift of quality youth employment and fresh produce to those in need. Select giving levels for everyone on your list this season (see gift options list). You will be mailed corresponding “Thanks for Giving” cards that you can share with your loved ones. The perfect gift for everyone on your list. Give now
Sometimes people need a place where they can be the person that they would be without their peers, or what society says they are supposed to be. People need a place where they can go and clear their mind from all the challenges of the world and figure out who they really are. That’s what Grow Dat is.
-Youth Crew Member, 2013
More about Grow Dat: all youth interns go through a rigorous interview and application process, and are paid during their tenure at the organization. Since 2011, Grow Dat has graduated 56 youth from the intensive leadership program, has engaged over 6,000 children and adults in farm education through volunteer activities and field trips, and has harvested over 20,000 pounds of sustainably grown produce for New Orleans. 60% of this produce is sold at local farmers’ markets or served at some of the city’s top restaurants, and 40% is donated to those in need through our “Shared Harvest” initiative.
Gift Options for “Thanks for Giving” cards:
- $5.00 two pounds of Shared Harvest produce for NOLA families in need
- $25.00 ten pounds of Shared Harvest produce for NOLA families in need
- $55.00 youth crew member’s weekly stipend in the spring program
- $100.00 forty pounds of Shared Harvest produce for NOLA families in need
- $210.00 youth crew member’s weekly stipend in the intensive summer program
- $1,660.00 youth crew member’s weekly salary for the entire 5-month leadership program
To donate and order cards, visit our online fundraising center
We are deeply grateful for your generosity and commitment to our work!
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￼
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:
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
Sustainable Agriculture Adult Internship Program
An opportunity for adults interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in sustainable urban agriculture through hands-on experience, instruction and support from mentor farmers.
Who We Are: The Grow Dat Youth Farm’s mission is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. Young people are hired to grow food for their community and participate in a 19-week leadership development program from January to June. By using organic growing methods, we grow vegetables, herbs, fruit and mushrooms from October to July and cover crop during the hottest months.
About the Internship:
Grow Dat is interested in hosting 4-6 interns per year. Applicants may choose either a 6-month internship period (January – June) or a 10-month internship period (September-June).
Work with our farm team on our beautiful 4-acre site in City Park to help reach our production goals. Over the course of the internship, interns will advance their knowledge and experience in:
- Garden/Farm planning
- Weed recognition and abatement
- Soil building & mulching
- Compost creation and maintenance
- Cover crop selection, methods and rotation
- Irrigation design and installation
- Greenhouse & seedling propagation
- Planting & transplanting
- Succession planting
- Harvest techniques, post harvest handling, marketing
- Record keeping
- Tool use and maintenance
- Leading volunteer groups on farm tasks
- Receiving regular constructive feedback from Farm Manager and Farm Assistant
- Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
- Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and perform a diversity of farm tasks
- Must be able to accept constructive criticism
- Must have positive attitude and be able to work as part of a team
- Work hours: 12 hours per week, schedule flexible based on schedule
Compensation and Benefits:
The internship is un-paid but includes benefits of weekly donated farm produce, strong mentorship from the Farm Manager and Farm Assistant, and an opportunity to work with a diverse team of youth and adults committed to building more sustainable and food-secure New Orleans. School credit can also be coordinated.
* If interested in applying or have additional questions, please contact Farm Manager, Leo Gorman: firstname.lastname@example.org, 504.616.1777
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!
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!
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
Our Harvest Volunteer Days (for individuals) this spring/summer are:
- Tuesdays (8am-11am)
- Fridays (8am-11am)
Come help us harvest and prepare our produce for distribution. Volunteers will prep both our donated Shared Harvest and the crops youth Crew Members will sell at Saturday Farmer’s Markets around the city.
For group volunteers we suggest a $7 donation per Volunteer to cover supplies and staff time for the volunteer event. Please contact Jabari Brown to discuss bringing your group to Grow Dat.
We have various needs and opportunities for many other volunteer tasks – please email Jabari Brown, Volunteer Coordinator and Youth Education Specialist at email@example.com for more information.
GROW DAT YOUTH FARM TO HOST HOOTENANNY- BARN DANCE BENEFIT
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
To market to market we go!
Grow Dat is proud to announce New Orleans’ first weekly Pop Up Market! Youth Crew Members will be selling their wares every Saturday this spring at the new Columbia Parc at the Bayou District development (formerly St. Bernard). The market features a wide variety Grow Dat’s fresh, affordable produce grown and sold by local teens.
Grow Dat Pop Up Market
Columbia Parc at the Bayou District
@ Caton & Duplessis
DEAL ALERT! First time customers get BOGO – Buy One, Get One – on all their produce purchases!
Look for our fancy schmancy mobile farmer’s market that hitches to the back of our farm truck. See it and know that delicious and affordable produce abounds!
Granola bars, local satsumas, fruit leather, organic juices. These snacks are more than tasty: they are absolutely key to the nutrition and success of the young people who work on our farm.
At Grow Dat, our mission is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food–a straightforward mission and goal, but one that is complicated by the challenges facing the young adults we hire to work on our farm.
This year we have refined our evaluation tools, allowing us to capture more baseline nutrition and diet data from youth in the program. When we administered the survey this February, even we were surprised by what we found out. Of 25 youth surveyed, 50% reported not having eaten a single meal the day the survey was administered, with an additional 46% reporting eating only one full meal that day (the survey was administered at 5 pm). Only 50% reported having eaten any fruit in the last 24 hours and only 12% (3 out of 25) reported having eaten any vegetables in the last 24 hours. Additionally, 20% reported drinking at least one soda a day.
When the young adults who work with us arrive from work, so often they arrive hungry. Thus, we want to send a huge thank you to Whole Foods at Arabella Station for providing daily snacks that allow us to greet youth at the start of each work day with something healthy to eat. Often the first time they try many different kinds of fruits and vegetables is at work. This exposure to food that is good for them, that they can eat as much of as they wish, provides an essential foundation and support that allows them to thrive in the often very physically demanding work of farming. It also reinforces that they are in an environment where they are cared for, which encourages them to take risks and grow as individuals.
Thank you for your partnership, Whole Foods!