Introducing Our Curriculum – Cultivating Tomorrow’s Leaders: Foundations for Meaningful Change

‘I’ve learned new things. How to cook. We do speeches. We also went canoeing. We do a lot of activities where we learn about each other, get to know each other, get closer… They won’t make us do anything that we don’t want to do. But they will push us to our limits and get us to try and explore new things.’  – Grow Dat Crew Member, age 16

During our pilot program  last year, Grow Dat received a grant from The New Orleans Food and Farm Network (NOFFN) to develop and share our educational curriculum. We’re happy to announce that some of these lessons are now online and free for anyone to use!

Cultivating Tomorrow’s Leaders: Foundations for Meaningful Change

About Our Curriculum:
Our educational outcomes or goals are captured in four key pillars (see below). These pillars help guide all of our decisions about what-to-include in our curriculum. Ideally, lessons are not myopic and exclusive to one pillar, but rather overlap or connect with other pillars to make a truly integrated curriculum.

The Four Pillars of our Curriculum:

Pillar 1: Youth Leadership Development
Pillar 2: Agricultural Skills
Pillar 3: Wellness
Pillar 4: Food Justice & Food Systems
Pillars adapted from Urban Roots

We hope that these resources will assist many others doing food justice and farming education in New Orleans, the USA, and beyond!

A Grow Dat Cooking Class at the Whole Foods Demo Kitchen