Growing the Green 2013!

Grow Dat Youth Farm is excited to announce the launch of Growing the Green 2013 – our annual alternative gift campaign.

Support our work by giving the gift of quality youth employment and fresh produce to those in need. Select giving levels for everyone on your list this season (see gift options list). You will be mailed corresponding “Thanks for Giving” cards that you can share with your loved ones. The perfect gift for everyone on your list. Give now


Meaningful gifts for everyone on your list!

Sometimes people need a place where they can be the person that they would be without their peers, or what society says they are supposed to be. People need a place where they can go and clear their mind from all the challenges of the world and figure out who they really are. That’s what Grow Dat is.
-Youth Crew Member, 2013

More about Grow Dat: all youth interns go through a rigorous interview and application process, and are paid during their tenure at the organization. Since 2011, Grow Dat has graduated 56 youth from the intensive leadership program, has engaged over 6,000 children and adults in farm education through volunteer activities and field trips, and has harvested over 20,000 pounds of sustainably grown produce for New Orleans. 60% of this produce is sold at local farmers’ markets or served at some of the city’s top restaurants, and 40% is donated to those in need through our “Shared Harvest” initiative.

Gift Options for “Thanks for Giving” cards: 

Sample Thanks for Giving card

Sample Thanks for Giving card

  • $5.00 two pounds of Shared Harvest produce for NOLA families in need
  • $25.00 ten pounds of Shared Harvest produce for NOLA families in need
  • $55.00 youth crew member’s weekly stipend in the spring program
  • $100.00 forty pounds of Shared Harvest produce for NOLA families in need
  • $210.00 youth crew member’s weekly stipend in the intensive summer program
  • $1,660.00 youth crew member’s weekly salary for the entire 5-month leadership program

To donate and order cards, visit our online fundraising center

We are deeply grateful for your generosity and commitment to our work!

Give the gift of quality youth employment or shared harvest for the holidays

Give the gift of quality youth employment or shared harvest for the holidays!

Quarterly Update: Fall 2013

Hot off the press! For a detailed look at what’s been happening at Grow Dat this autumn, download our Fall 2013 Quarterly Update. There’s a big announcement inside you don’t want to miss!

Fall 2013 Quarterly Update

Fall Update



Quarterly Update: Summer 2013

Hot off the press!  For a detailed look at what’s been happening at Grow Dat this summer, download our Summer 2013 Quarterly Update.

In five months, twenty-five graduates grew 8,000 pounds of food for New Orleans and earned over $17,000 in produce sales, exceeding our revenue goal for the third year in a row! Take a peek inside the report to see our preliminary evaluation data and hear youth voices about their growth throughout the program.

Grow Dat Quarterly Update Summer 2013


Click the link above to download the report.

Quarterly Update: Spring 2013

Hot off the press! For a detailed look at what’s been happening at Grow Dat this spring, download our Spring 2013 Quarterly Update.


Download PDF for the inside scoop about our 2013 program

Click the link above to download the PDF for the inside scoop about our 2013 program so far



Spring has Sprung: Grow Dat Crew Newsletter, March 2013



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!


Farm Pix: Everybody’s Own Seperate Theme

Photo by Dacia Idom

Photo by Dacia Idom

“Everybody’s got their own story and it’s always good to hear
what people gotta say.
That’s the biggest lesson I got from this program: that everybody is human and everybody has their own separate theme.”

-Youth Crew Member

Please help us nuture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing good.



Fall Volunteer Days on the Farm

Want to get your hands dirty and directly support sustainable local food systems in your city? We’d love to have you join us for any of the following volunteer days on our farm in City Park this fall.

The weather is cooling off (finger’s crossed!) so now is a great time to volunteer. We have lots of work to do to prepare for our FALL PLANT SHOW & PARTY (save the date – Nov. 3) and for the next crop of Grow Dat youth crew members who will begin their farming jobs with us in January 2013.

Saturdays in October, November and December 2012
October 13th, 20th and 27th
November 10th
December 1st and 15th

9am – 12 noon

Please notify Jabari Brown if you intend to join us for any of these dates:, cell: 601.260.0509. Wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes, and be sure to bring a hat and a water bottle.

Thanks for your support! Hope to see you on the farm this fall.

Thank You, Donors!

We’re excited to announce that our first annual Growing the Green fundraising campaign was an enormous success, with over seventy individuals contributing $6,606 of support for our youth employees!

We are so thankful for the generous contributions of the following individuals (and more!). Your support allows us to bring quality youth employment to young people in New Orleans, and bring about lasting change through sustainable urban agriculture. THANK YOU!

Grow Dat Donors, Growing the Green Campaign, Winter 2011-2012

Rachel Lee
Kristy Magner
Sean Gilligan
Alex Budak
Joann Ricci
Katie Bingham
Mara LePere Schloop
Betty Burkes
GK Darby
Steffan Heuer
Raphael Cassimere Jr
John Hopper
Brian Gorman
Will Widmer
Nick Jenisch
Suze Gardner
Naomi Wood
Char Keith
Kim Spencer
Molly Mitchell
Regina Wright
Summer Lewis
David Edeli
Colleen Kelleher
Kathy Ogle
Leo N Gorman
Melinda St Louis
Matthew R Whipple
Waggonner & Bell Architects (Sherry Gilchrist)
David Charne
Matt Olson
Riley Merline
Virginia Rangel
Susan Gartner
Rufus Ayres
Zoe Scharff
Becca Fuchs
Michelle Gorman
Jennifer Leis
Lou Samuel
Marshall Scallan
Lucy Colville
Macon Fry
Linda Newell Hutchins
Amy Morris
Bonnie McKinney
Gina Margillo
Tiffany Lin
Max Elliot

*Other supporters showed their commitment to Grow Dat by purchasing tools for our farm! Their honor roll will be featured soon.

Join Grow Dat as a CORE VOLUNTEER!

The Grow Dat Youth Farm enthusiastically introduces “Core Volunteer Tuesdays!”

Beginning Jan 17th we will gather every Tuesday morning from 8-11am at the Grow Dat farm site in City Park to harvest and process crops for market, make compost, maintain our fields and build community. These work sessions will grow our farm’s capacity to produce food in a sustainable way while helping to create a setting for a rigorous youth leadership program for years to come.

We’re especially looking for folks who can commit to at least two Tuesdays per month to ensure a consistent and high-quality work schedule. So, come on out, bring a friend and become a “Core Volunteer!”

For more information, please contact Jabari Brown at

See you next Tuesday!

Searching for a last minute gift? Give youth employment for the holidays!

Our first annual giving campaign, “Growing the Green” has soared in the last 2 weeks – we’re now over halfway to our tipping point goal. Please contribute and help us raise the last few thousand dollars we need to secure funding for several more youth positions in 2012!

In the event you still have gifts to buy for loved ones, please consider giving the gift of employment for a young person in New Orleans.

The idea for Grow Dat is simple: hire young adults, whose job options are often limited to fast food restaurants, to grow food for their community. In New Orleans we suffer from diet-related disease in numbers even higher than the staggering national averages. We believe in the ability of young adults not only to change those patterns in their own lives, but to be leaders who can affect change throughout their community. At Grow Dat, we give young people the skills to do just that.

During the holiday season you can help us grow the green giving the gift of employment for a young person here. We will provide you with a printable card recognizing your contribution that you can share with the person on whose behalf you have donated. All donations are tax deductible.

Devin bonds with a lovely hen on a visit to Green Gate Farms in Austin, Texas

Our Impact 2011

Measuring Our Impact 

As 2011 draws to a close and we rapidly move into our hiring cycle for Grow Dat 2012, it’s important to pause and reflect on our first year.  Jolissa, Teedy, Muffin, Pink, Bri and Jabari rep our successes in this sweet evaluation infographic.

Infographic designed by Justin Park of the Tulane School of Architecture

Why provide employment for young people?
Check out the purple fact: 20% of all food and beverage workers are 16 to 19 years old. That’s 6 times the proportion for all other workers. This is the national average, but some researchers suspect that this number is even higher in New Orleans.