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

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Overview of the Hootenanny: On Friday, April 17, 2015 from 6:30-10pm our Barn Dance Benefit is an incredibly unique event that takes place at our farm and features drinking, dining and dancing 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!

Square dancing with caller Dan Baker and free Zydeco instruction with Harold Bernard kicks off an evening of revelry on the farm. Four-time Grammy nominee Cedric Watson, My Wife’s Hat and The Western Sweethearts inspire revelers to kick up their heels. Premier local restaurants and chefs (including Pagoda Cafe, St. James Cheese Company, Mondo, Good Eggs, 1,000 Figs, Sodexho and Woody’s Fish Tacos) cook up delightful small plates, and unlimited craft cocktails and ice cold beer will be on hand.

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.

Sponsored by: Donna and Jim Barksdale, The Goldring Family Foundation, Cathy and Hunter Pierson, Nancy and Mike Marsiglia, Carol and Harold Asher, Dr Ryan Thibodaux and Second Line Family Dentistry, Tales of the Cocktail and iBERIABANK.

Honorary Event Hosts Invite you to Join Us! Carol and Harold Asher, Cathy Pierson, Eve Troeh, Glen Armantrout, Councilman Jason Williams, Jennifer KelleyKaty 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.

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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A huge THANK YOU to the Hootenanny Planning Committee:
Stephanie Barksdale (Chair), Jennifer Kelley (LHF), Keelia O’Malley, Malliron Hodge, Kristy Magner, Stephanie Krell, Sarah Howard, Kathryn Conyers, Claire Alsup, Nellie Catzen, Marian Howorth, Willa Conway, Johanna Gilligan, Jeanne Firth, Emily Posner.

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

Food Writer Judy Walker checks up on Grow Dat

Food Writer Judy Walker of the Times-Picayune and NOLA.com checked up on our farm and Founder Johanna Gilligan last week and her great story is running online today.

Judy visited us four years ago when we first launched the project and were not even on our City Park site yet (remember our pilot year at the lovely Hollygrove Market and Farm?)— check out how we’ve grown since then!

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Sneak Peek: Lush Lil Plant Starts for this Saturday’s Plant Sale

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Sneak Peek: Lush Lil Plant Starts for this Saturday's Plant Sale

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!

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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