Just released: Quarterly Report Spring 2014

Spring on the farm!

Click to download our latest Quarterly Report: QuarterlyReportSpring2014

Inside: a detailed look at our Leadership Program and the 40 youth currently working with us (a 30% increase from last year!), a debrief on this year’s 2nd annual Hootenanny, our take on “Kalegate”, and some exciting funding announcements. 

Spring Quarterly report

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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Announcing our Adult Farm Internship Program

 Sustainable Agriculture Adult Internship Program

An opportunity for adults interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in sustainable urban agriculture through hands-on experience, instruction and support from mentor farmers.

Who We Are: The Grow Dat Youth Farm’s mission is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food.  Young people are hired to grow food for their community and participate in a 19-week leadership development program from January to June. By using organic growing methods, we grow vegetables, herbs, fruit and mushrooms from October to July and cover crop during the hottest months.

About the Internship:

Grow Dat is interested in hosting 4-6 interns per year. Applicants may choose either a 6-month internship period (January – June) or a 10-month internship period (September-June).

Work with our farm team on our beautiful 4-acre site in City Park to help reach our production goals. Over the course of the internship, interns will advance their knowledge and experience in:

  • Garden/Farm planning
  • Weed recognition and abatement
  • Soil building & mulching
  • Compost creation and maintenance
  • Cover crop selection, methods and rotation
  • Irrigation design and installation
  • Greenhouse & seedling propagation
  • Planting & transplanting
  • Succession planting
  • Harvest techniques, post harvest handling, marketing
  • Record keeping
  • Tool use and maintenance
  • Leading volunteer groups on farm tasks
  • Receiving regular constructive feedback from Farm Manager and Farm Assistant

Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and perform a diversity of farm tasks
  • Must be able to accept constructive criticism
  • Must have positive attitude and be able to work as part of a team
  • Work hours: 12 hours per week, schedule flexible based on schedule

Compensation and Benefits:
The internship is un-paid but includes benefits of weekly donated farm produce, strong mentorship from the Farm Manager and Farm Assistant, and an opportunity to work with a diverse team of youth and adults committed to building more sustainable and food-secure New Orleans. School credit can also be coordinated.

* If interested in applying or have additional questions, please contact Farm Manager, Leo Gorman: leo@growdatyouthfarm.org, 504.616.1777

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!

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.

Grow Dat Champions Needed!

Do you love Grow Dat? Are you able to motivate others to get excited about Grow Dat and our work? We need your help!

We are seeking ‘Fundraising Captains’ – folks who are pumped about the work we do and want to reach out to their own networks to do some enthusiastic grassroots fundraising on our behalf. Our goal is to raise a collective total of $10,000 by December 31st for our second annual ‘Growing the Green’ campaign. With a small group of committed Captains dedicated to our mission, this is totally possible.

We ask Captains to reach to their networks to give the gift of employment for a young person, or underwrite food donations to New Orleans’ needy. Each donor will receive a printable card recognizing their contribution that they can share with the person on whose behalf they have donated.

Each Captain will create an online fundraising page using a basic template and reach out to their friends, family and colleagues. Captains will set their own fundraising goal and compete against other Captains to see who can raise the most green for Grow Dat.

Sound appealing? If you’re ready to sign up or have questions, send an email to jeanne@growdatyouthfarm or give us a callat 913.515.6892. The campaign kicks off Thursday, Nov. 15 so sign up now!

Together, let’s unite to grow dat green!