Visit the Grow Dat Farm Stand for the next two Saturdays!
Saturday June 15 & Saturday June 22
150 Zachary Taylor Drive
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
Grow Dat recently hosted a Youth Anti-Violence Summit on the farm in response to the shooting on Mother’s Day which deeply touched our Grow Dat community.
It was a day of reflection, sharing, and an attempt to envision a world different than the one we inhabit today. Filmmaker John Richie screened a section of his film Shellshocked and answered questions. Youth wrote letters to someone in their lives that had been touched by gun violence, and then shared their letters with another crew member.
Crew members were invited to create two kinds of trees: an unhealthy tree that maps systems of violence in New Orleans and beyond; and a healthy tree that maps systems of individual and community-wide success, peace and happiness. Youth were encouraged to identify the roots of both trees, brainstorm what sustains the roots and helps the trees grow (the trunk), and what sort of leaves or fruit are produced by each foundation. As leaves fall from the trees and touch the earth, they become the soil that nourishes the roots, creating a system that is reinforced and recirculated over time.
William Mupo from the Health Department at the Mayor’s Office shared the city’s plan to address violence, and listened to youth recommendations on what they think the city should do.
Grow Dat youth answer the question: What can the City do to improve New Orleans?
- Create more job opportunities.
- Make the physical environment nicer.
- Identify people involved in crimes and provide them with resources to change.
- Improve the NOPD.
- Intervene to try to stop retaliation killings.
- Create preventative solutions to violence: counseling, medical care, etc.
- Create a safe community place for teens and children.
- Create new teen activities in the city.
- More funding for after school programs.
- More things like Grow Dat.
- Rebuild the movie theater and malls in the East.
- More parks.
- Improve the school system.
- Raise age range for park ball.
- Build new, safe, and fun communities in the East.
- Improve public school buildings and resources.
- Stop selling guns (so people are unable to get them).
Our Grow Dat community extends our hearts to New Orleans in the wake of the tragic act of gun violence on Sunday.
Grow Dat Co-Director Leo Gorman is the Treasurer of the Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club, the host of Sunday’s Mother’s Day second line parade. Multiple members of our Grow Dat community including many staff persons were present at the incident and were affected. Fortunately, no one from our Grow Dat Team was injured during the shooting.
For updates about the Big 7 and their fundriasing efforts to parade again this June and support those harmed by the shooting, visit their Facebook page.
Leo’s groove and passionate spirit will carry on!
Hot off the press! For a detailed look at what’s been happening at Grow Dat this spring, download our Spring 2013 Quarterly Update.
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.