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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GNOF Pop Up Happy Hour on the farm TONIGHT!

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Please join us this evening for a pop-up happy hour at our farm from 5:30-6:30pm rain or shine! The Greater New Orleans Foundation will co-host what will be a very fun event indeed. So come on out for sunset drinks and great conversation with folks interested in our work.

Hope to see you this evening!

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Grow Dat Farm Stand this Saturday!

FARM STAND in action! Photo Credit Ariel Roland

FARM STAND in action! All natural celery,  zuchinni, squash, herbs, kale and glorious cherry tomatoes! Photo Credit: Ariel Roland

Visit the Grow Dat Farm Stand for the next two Saturdays!
9am-12pm
Saturday June 15 & Saturday June 22
150 Zachary Taylor Drive

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Calling all volunteers! Bi-weekly harvest on Tuesdays and Fridays

Youth Crew Members Storie and Cory harvest greens to be sold at Saturdays markets across New Orleans

Youth Crew Members Storie and Cory harvest greens to be sold at Saturday markets across New Orleans

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 Groups:
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  jabari1@growdatyouthfarm.org for more information.

Come work in our beautiful fields - we appreciate your support of our work to grow food for New Orleans!

Come work in our beautiful fields – we appreciate your support of our work to grow food for New Orleans!

Spring has Sprung: Grow Dat Crew Newsletter, March 2013

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Ariel Roland, Masters in Social Work at Tulane and serving as our Youth & Alumni Coordinator, crafts beautiful newsletters that youth share with their families and schools each month. We thought you might like a peek at them, too!

 

Best New Architecture: Our Eco Campus!

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Our Eco Campus is one of five locations selected as ‘the best architecture in New Orleans’!

Have we said recently how much we love our beautiful and sustainable teaching kitchen, outdoor classroom, post-harvest handling area, grey water systems and composting toilets designed and built by Tulane City Center?

Check out the other winning structures in today’s article by John P. Klingman.

Carrying starter plants through the outdoor classroom

Carrying starter plants through the outdoor classroom

Volunteer on the Farm this Spring

Our giant chalkboard announces the agricultural tasks on our plate. Photo by William Widmer

Our giant chalkboard announces the agricultural tasks on our plate. Photo by William Widmer

Our Harvest Volunteer Days (for individuals) this spring are:

  • Tuesdays (8am-11am)
  • Fridays (8am-11am)

February 5th through May 17th 2013.

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 Groups:
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  jabari1@growdatyouthfarm.org for more information.

Jabari Brown, Volunteer Coordiantor at Grow Dat.

Jabari Brown, Volunteer Coordinator at Grow Dat.

Join us for a group volunteer day on the bayou and in the fields.
Join us for a group volunteer day on the beautiful bayou and out in the fields.

FEAST NOLA on the Farm this Sunday

Grow Dat is proud to host FEAST NOLA this Sunday, Nov. 18. Unfortunately this meal is already sold out, but check out their website to learn more about the organization and save the date for the next Feast.

Twice per year, the FEAST NOLA community unites around the Sunday dinner table to meet new people, discuss ideas about change, and vote on one of the top five proposals presented during dinner. During dinner, a group of artists, activists, and social entrepreneurs presents creative projects that will engage the local community. At the end of the dinner, everyone votes on his or her favorite proposal; and the night’s proceeds go to making the winning proposal a reality.

Dinner will be served up by Jarett Eymard and Rachel Carr Eymard of the NOLA food truck, Rue Chow. The May 20th winner, Jaime Broussard of the New Orleans Fruit Tree Project, will be returning to report on the impact of FEAST funding.

Hope the FEAST guests enjoy dinner on our farm!