The mission of Grow Dat Youth Farm is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food.
At Grow Dat, people from different backgrounds come together to create a more just and sustainable food system. On our farm we work collaboratively to grow food, educate and inspire youth and adults, and build power to create personal, social and environmental change.
Our Definition of Youth Leadership
Develop and use a critical analysis of systems and inequity in their work
Envision a just and sustainable world and believe in our collective ability to make that world a reality
Practice self-awareness, continual learning, and perseverance
Work effectively with others across differences to make change happen
We believe leadership development is both a process of personal transformation and collective action. We believe leaders cultivate other leaders.
We maintain our land and our organization in a way that ensures they remain productive over the long-term.
We build relationships between youth and adults to engage youth in a process that challenges and supports them as they sharpen their leadership skills.
We learn together across difference, communicate directly and honestly, identify and undo oppression together, and enhance our leadership skills within an inclusive community focused on supporting the growth and learning of young adults.
We believe a just food system is one in which equity, community control of resources, ecological health, and transparency are what we value most.
We “enlarge the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land” and cultivate among youth and adults a sense of accountability to and care for this larger community (quote borrowed from Aldo Leopold's "Land Ethic").
We commit to collective action with and mutual support of the many other organizations working to make our city a more just place for all.