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.

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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.

Warmly,
Team Grow Dat

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

Hootenanny!

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!

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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.

 

 

Extraordinary Gifts!

Avoid hum-drum holidays by giving meaningful gifts that support Grow Dat! http://goo.gl/DFv6G8

Avoid hum-drum holidays by giving meaningful gifts that support Grow Dat!

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!

In Gratitude,
The Grow Dat Team

Youth Speak: On Not Being Afraid to be Yourself

I loved working with the people here. Everybody is open minded. No one is judgmental. No one is negative. Everyone is uplifting all the time and I love them for that. Everybody in my crew was supportive of me. They said ‘you are not afraid to be yourself’, and that’s what I think people here were like. Everyone could just be themselves.

“I loved working with the people here. Everybody is open minded. No one is judgmental. No one is negative. Everyone is uplifting all the time and I love them for that. Everybody in my crew was supportive of me. They said ‘you are not afraid to be yourself’, and that’s what I think people here were like. Everyone could just be themselves.” -Youth Crew Member

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.

Growing the Green 2013!

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

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Meaningful gifts for everyone on your list!

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: 

Sample Thanks for Giving card

Sample Thanks for Giving card

  • $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!

Give the gift of quality youth employment or shared harvest for the holidays

Give the gift of quality youth employment or shared harvest for the holidays!

Plant and Tree Sale! Saturday, Oct. 26

Grow Dat Youth Farm Plant and Tree Sale!
Saturday, October 26
9am–2pm
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:
kale
broccoli
lettuce
parsley
sage
thyme
rosemary
mint

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

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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

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Announcing our Adult Farm Internship Program

 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

Requirements:

  • 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: leo@growdatyouthfarm.org, 504.616.1777

GNOF Pop Up Happy Hour on the farm TONIGHT!

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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!

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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!
9am-12pm
Saturday June 15 & Saturday June 22
150 Zachary Taylor Drive

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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

Calling all volunteers! Bi-weekly harvest on Tuesdays and Fridays

Youth Crew Members Storie and Cory harvest greens to be sold at Saturdays markets across New Orleans

Youth Crew Members Storie and Cory harvest greens to be sold at Saturday markets across New Orleans

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 Groups:
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  jabari1@growdatyouthfarm.org for more information.

Come work in our beautiful fields - we appreciate your support of our work to grow food for New Orleans!

Come work in our beautiful fields – we appreciate your support of our work to grow food for New Orleans!