The Congress of Day Laborers, an immigrant and labor rights organization here in New Orleans, has been one of Grow Dat’s strongest Shared Harvest donation partners over the last three years. We have donated over 2,000 pounds of produce to their members. Many Congress members are farmers and have immigrated to the United States because of deepening rural poverty in their countries of origin. They have visited our farm several times to participate in field work, workshops, and community meals with Grow Dat youth. In turn, GD Crew Members have assisted Congress members in building and maintaining a garden at their office. Through these people-to-people exchanges, Grow Dat youth have learned more about the global food system and heightened their ability to work and communicate across difference, a core tenant of our work.
Today we and other members of the community support the Congress’s call to end NOPD assistance to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in conducting immigration raids and deporting members of the New Orleans community. ICE raids have and continue to disrupt working families and leave young people, from infants to teenagers, in extremely precarious positions. ICE raids exasperate New Orleans working families’ ability to afford and access food. By separating breadwinners from dependents, and thereby placing added economic burden on family members and friends, ICE raids contribute to heightened food insecurity within immigrant communities.
For these reasons, we support our partner, the Congress of Day Laborers, and their demand to end NOPD assistance to ICE.
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.
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.
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.
“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
“I learned a lot about speaking and speaking out in public, and taking
all the opportunities to open up to different people. If you don’t, you
will never know what they have to offer.”
-Youth Crew Member
Please support our work to build the next generation of leaders in New Orleans and beyond. Donate to our Growing the Green campaign today!
Farm Assistant Sarah Howard just snapped this pic of some superstars who will grace the Plant Sale stage. Come to the Farm this Saturday, Oct. 26, 9am-2pm to stock your winter garden with these healthy and hardy vegetable and herb starts!