The Grow Dat Youth Farm is located on a beautiful 4 acre site in New Orleans’ beloved City Park, with 2 acres of cultivable land. If you’d like to visit us, our farm is at 150 Zachary Taylor Drive.
Providing a central location accessible by public transportation, the farm will become an educational destination for students and residents alike. Nestled within the larger acreage of the Park, the Farm will provide innumerable lessons about the natural world to urban youth.
Situated along the bayou and peppered with native cypress and oak trees, it’s a truly beautiful site. Soil development on the planting plots began in the summer of 2011 and will continue until the first produce is planted in early 2012.
Tulane City Center (TCC) at the Tulane School of Architecture is leading site development and is now constructing our farm campus. With the help of TCC, the site is transforming over time from an abandoned golf course to a diversified organic farm cultivated by youth. As with all TCC projects, structures on the farm will be developed with specific attention to our regional climate and energy efficiency. The campus features green building innovations for our outdoor classroom, teaching kitchen, locker rooms, administrative offices, and large post-harvest handling areas.
In 2012, the farm will produce an anticipated 10,000 pounds of food and up to 40,000 pounds by 2014. The produce grown on the farm will nourish New Orleans residents who currently have limited access to fresh food. Sixty percent of the food will be sold in a variety of places, such as markets, restaurants, and corner stores. Forty percent is our Shared Harvest and will be donated to various locations, including hunger relief agencies–providing a high quality, nutritious food source to those who need it most. Youth participants will help identify creative and experimental ways to increase access to food in their neighborhoods, identifying key locations for produce sale or donation within their communities. Through this dual experience of selling and donating food, youth will develop an understanding of both the economic and true value of food as an essential life-force.