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

Tickets on sale now!

Hootenanny Invite ABOUT: Join us on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 6:30-10pm for our Barn Dance Benefit presented by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. This is an incredibly unique event that takes place at our farm and features music, dancing, dinner, and cocktails 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!

This year, square dancing with caller Dan Baker and free Zydeco instruction with Harold Bernard kicks off an evening of revelry on the farm. Performances by four-time Grammy nominee Cedric Watson, My Wife’s Hat and The Western Sweethearts will inspire revelers to kick up their heels. Premier local restaurants and chefs plan to cook up delightful small plates:

1,000 Figs
Centerplate
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
Fulton Alley
Good Eggs
Mr. B’s Bistro
Mondo
Pagoda Cafe
St. James Cheese
SEED
Seither’s Seafood
Sodexho
Woody’s Fish Tacos

We will also offer craft cocktails, coffee specialties, and have ice-cold beer on hand. And last but not least, we are offering some very exciting silent auction items, including once in a lifetime vacation opportunities, unique art pieces, and other special surprises.

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.

FEATURED SPONSORS:
The Goldring Family Foundation
Donna and Jim Barksdale

HARVESTER SPONSORS:
Anonymous
Cathy and Hunter Pierson

SPROUT SPONSORS:
Nancy and Mike Marsiglia
Amanda Hammack and Donald Link
Carol and Harold Asher
Dr Ryan Thibodaux and Second Line Family Dentistry
Tales of the Cocktail
iBERIABANK
New Orleans Magazine
Offbeat Magazine
Duplantier Ice Services

OUR HONORARY EVENT HOSTS INVITE YOU TO JOIN US!
Carol and Harold Asher, Cathy Pierson, Eve Troeh, Glen Armantrout, Councilman Jason Williams, Jennifer Kelley, Katy 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.

HOOTENANNY PLANNING COMMITTEE:  Stephanie Barksdale (Chair), Jennifer Kelley (LHF), Jeanne Firth, Claire Alsup, Nellie Catzen, Willa Conway, Kathryn Conyers, Johanna Gilligan, Malliron Hodge, Sarah Howard, Marian Howorth, Stephanie Krell, Kristy Magner, Keelia O’Malley, Emily Posner, and Joshua Schoop.

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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An Unexpected Crop: Good Jobs for Youth

Founder and Director Johanna Gilligan released an op-ed in The Lens this morning on the importance and lasting impact of good food jobs.

“A strong stock market will do us no good if its foundation is an economy that further degrades the basis of the planet’s true wealth — its biodiversity, its water, air and soil. We have no choice but to see the links between our economic and environmental challenges and to address them as one.”

Read on here!

The Lens

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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Youth Speak: On Opening Up

“I learned a lot about speaking and speaking out in public, and taking
all the opportunities to open up to different people. If you don’t, you
will never know what they have to offer.”
-Youth Crew Member

Please support our work to build the next generation of leaders in New Orleans and beyond. Donate to our Growing the Green campaign today!

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