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Join us for one of the best local parties of the year!

Come on down to the farm for Grow Dat’s annual fundraiser, the Hootenanny! Get ready for an evening of dancing and festivities under the Louisiana night sky! Youth leaders will host farm games and food-themed activities, local restaurants will cook up delicious small plates, musicians will please the crowd with boot-stompin' tunes, and we'll offer unlimited craft cocktails and ice-cold beer. This year, we are excited to announce Cedryl Ballou and the Zydeco Trendsetters as our headlining performer, along with opening performances by Lost in the Holler and My Wife's Hat. Join us as we listen to live zydeco music, kick up our heels together, and celebrate food, agriculture, and New Orleans youth!


Patron Party and Sponsorship Details

From 5:30 - 6:30, we will host the Hootenanny's first annual patron party. The patron party will be an intimate evening of storytelling at the intersection of food and identity with stories from our staff, board, and fellows. This unique opportunity to hear the voices of Grow Dat will be accompanied by hors d'oeuvres and cocktails from Chef Tory McPhail and his James Beard award-winning team of Commander's Palace.  

Please join us in our work this spring to raise $75,000 for Grow Dat Youth Farm and our youth leaders by purchasing a patron ticket to this special Grow Dat fundraising event. 

If you or your business is interested in supporting Grow Dat's Hootenanny as an event sponsor, please check out the following sponsorship package for more information:

Hootenanny Sponsorship Package



Many thanks to our sponsors, whose generous contributions make the Hootenanny possible each year!

Jim + Donna Barksdale
Kenneth Schwartz + Judith Kinnaro
Sarah + Thomas UsdinRobort Moro + Batture Engineers
David + Stephanie Barksdale
Aetna Better Health of Louisiana

Stephanie + David Barksdale   I   Evie + Stacey Berger   I   Tania Tetlow + Gordon Stewart   I   John Elstrott  
Rebecca Conwell + Glenn Newbauer I   Emery Sonnier   I   Kevin Wilkins + Ginny Wise  + Carol Wise   I  Anna Whitlow   Stephanie + Ludovico Feoli   |   Gerald Hampton

Louisiana Hospitality Foundation
Fleur de Lis Rentals
Pelican Events

The Franklin
St. James
Two Girls One Shuck
Pagoda Cafe
Angelo Brocato's
Company Burger


Congratulations to the winner of our advance Hootenanny raffle!

Taylor Otten is the winner of a rare bottle of Buffalo Trace's 1980 O.F.C. vintage bourbon whiskey. Thanks to all participants for your support and for kick-starting our Hootenanny fundraising efforts!


Grow Dat's mission is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. Each year we employ 60 young people from across New Orleans on our urban farm in City Park. Throughout our program, youth grow produce for their community while engaging in a range of workshops and leadership experiences around topics such as food and environmental justice. We focus on deep learning and communication across difference.  


All proceeds from from the Hootenanny go towards supporting young New Orleans
leaders as they grow 20,000 pounds of food for their community this year!