You’re Invited! HOOTENANNY Barn Dance Benefit for Grow Dat presented by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation

Tickets on sale now!

Hootenanny Invite ABOUT: Join us on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 6:30-10pm for our Barn Dance Benefit presented by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. This is an incredibly unique event that takes place at our farm and features music, dancing, dinner, and cocktails under the Louisiana night sky. As the largest urban farm in the city, located in heart of beloved City Park, we are proud to invite you to this fantastic annual party. Thanks to our beautiful, outdoor setting we have no capacity limit for the event, so bring your friends!

This year, square dancing with caller Dan Baker and free Zydeco instruction with Harold Bernard kicks off an evening of revelry on the farm. Performances by four-time Grammy nominee Cedric Watson, My Wife’s Hat and The Western Sweethearts will inspire revelers to kick up their heels. Premier local restaurants and chefs plan to cook up delightful small plates:

1,000 Figs
Centerplate
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
Fulton Alley
Good Eggs
Mr. B’s Bistro
Mondo
Pagoda Cafe
St. James Cheese
SEED
Seither’s Seafood
Sodexho
Woody’s Fish Tacos

We will also offer craft cocktails, coffee specialties, and have ice-cold beer on hand. And last but not least, we are offering some very exciting silent auction items, including once in a lifetime vacation opportunities, unique art pieces, and other special surprises.

Tickets are $40 in advance online, or $50 at the door.

CULTIVATE FRIENDS AND SAVE! Make a $400 contribution and you’ll get 11 tickets (that’s 1 ticket free!) and you’ll also underwrite one comp ticket for a Grow Dat youth or community member.  Or, make a $200 donation and you’ll get 6 tickets (one ticket free!) and underwrite one comp ticket for a Grow Dat youth.

FEATURED SPONSORS:
The Goldring Family Foundation
Donna and Jim Barksdale

HARVESTER SPONSORS:
Anonymous
Cathy and Hunter Pierson

SPROUT SPONSORS:
Nancy and Mike Marsiglia
Amanda Hammack and Donald Link
Carol and Harold Asher
Dr Ryan Thibodaux and Second Line Family Dentistry
Tales of the Cocktail
iBERIABANK
New Orleans Magazine
Offbeat Magazine
Duplantier Ice Services

OUR HONORARY EVENT HOSTS INVITE YOU TO JOIN US!
Carol and Harold Asher, Cathy Pierson, Eve Troeh, Glen Armantrout, Councilman Jason Williams, Jennifer Kelley, Katy Casbarian, Margaret Orr, Nancy and Mike Marsiglia, Octavio Mantilla, Dr Ryan Thibodaux and Second Line Family Dentistry, Scott Cowen, Stephanie Stone and Ludovico Feoli, Susan Spicer, and Suzanne Mobley.

GROW DAT YOUNG ALUMNI HOSTS:  Ashley Morgan, Cody Watson, Geiby Gomez, Melanie Long, Storie Cook, Tim Dubuclet, Tre Spadoni, Valentina Carillo and Yasmin Davis.

HOOTENANNY PLANNING COMMITTEE:  Stephanie Barksdale (Chair), Jennifer Kelley (LHF), Jeanne Firth, Claire Alsup, Nellie Catzen, Willa Conway, Kathryn Conyers, Johanna Gilligan, Malliron Hodge, Sarah Howard, Marian Howorth, Stephanie Krell, Kristy Magner, Keelia O’Malley, Emily Posner, and Joshua Schoop.

ABOUT GROW DAT: 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 Orleans by joining us for the Grow Dat Hootenanny! Proceeds from this benefit will help us employ 40 teenagers to grow 12,000 pounds of food this year.

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Holiday gifts that Grow Food and Leaders!

It’s that time of year again! Your holiday gift-giving can have a lasting impact, supporting the growth and development of young people in New Orleans. Grow Dat’s “Thanks For Giving” cards underwrite either Shared Harvest donated produce, or a youth’s salary for working in our Leadership Program. Screenshot 2014-11-13 12.52.38   Purchase your “Thanks For Giving” cards online today!  You will be mailed beautiful cards corresponding to the gift levels above to give as gifts this holiday season. You will receive the cards within a week of your online purchase.

Sample "Thanks for Giving card"

Sample “Thanks for Giving card”

Contact Assistant Director Jeanne Firth for media inquiries, general questions, or to learn about expedited shipping options for your cards: jeanne@growdatyouthfarm.org

Happy holidays from our farm to yours! 

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

Hot off the Presses: Summer Quarterly Report

It’s the heat of the summer here in New Orleans — cool off by reading about all the successes of our fourth Leadership Program! Click here for the full report: Grow Dat Quarterly Report Summer 2014

Inside: Celebrating our fourth graduating class, Guest Chefs at our summer Community Lunches, Shout outs and Fundraising Successes, Youth Speak: graduates reflect on their growth and transformations, and preliminary evaluation data from our 2014 Leadership Program.Summer 2014 Quarterly Report

Notice our new look?

Since the start of the new year we’ve been working closely with the talented staff of Right Hat, a marketing and design firm that is proving $75,000 in pro bono work to Grow Dat to help streamline our look. Stay tuned for more beautifully designed products that feature our new logo.

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.