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Nurturing Young Leaders Through the Meaningful Work of Growing Food.

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
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
Fulton Alley
Good Eggs
Mr. B’s Bistro
Pagoda Cafe
St. James Cheese
Seither’s Seafood
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.

The Goldring Family Foundation
Donna and Jim Barksdale

Cathy and Hunter Pierson

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
New Orleans Magazine
Offbeat Magazine
Duplantier Ice Services

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.



Just released: Grow Dat’s Annual Report

Enjoy highlights and successes from fiscal year 2013-2014 and a roll call of our incredible supporters in our beautiful Annual Report!


Annual Report

Holiday gifts that Grow Food and Leaders!

It’s that time of year again! Your holiday gift-giving can have a lasting impact, supporting the growth and development of young people in New Orleans. Grow Dat’s “Thanks For Giving” cards underwrite either Shared Harvest donated produce, or a youth’s salary for working in our Leadership Program. Screenshot 2014-11-13 12.52.38   Purchase your “Thanks For Giving” cards online today!  You will be mailed beautiful cards corresponding to the gift levels above to give as gifts this holiday season. You will receive the cards within a week of your online purchase.

Sample "Thanks for Giving card"

Sample “Thanks for Giving card”

Contact Assistant Director Jeanne Firth for media inquiries, general questions, or to learn about expedited shipping options for your cards: jeanne@growdatyouthfarm.org

Happy holidays from our farm to yours! 

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

Hot off the Presses: Summer Quarterly Report

It’s the heat of the summer here in New Orleans — cool off by reading about all the successes of our fourth Leadership Program! Click here for the full report: Grow Dat Quarterly Report Summer 2014

Inside: Celebrating our fourth graduating class, Guest Chefs at our summer Community Lunches, Shout outs and Fundraising Successes, Youth Speak: graduates reflect on their growth and transformations, and preliminary evaluation data from our 2014 Leadership Program.Summer 2014 Quarterly Report

Notice our new look?

Since the start of the new year we’ve been working closely with the talented staff of Right Hat, a marketing and design firm that is proving $75,000 in pro bono work to Grow Dat to help streamline our look. Stay tuned for more beautifully designed products that feature our new logo.

Grow Dat in the News: On Healthy Food in NOLA Post-Katrina

The Washington Post released a piece by Della Hasselle highlighting Grow Dat as a key component of the changes in the food landscape of New Orleans post-Katrina.

Johanna and Jabari

The article profiles Grow Dat graduate Tim Dubuclet. “Inner-city kids don’t have anything to do with farming or healthy eating — just football and McDonald’s,” Dubuclet said. “I didn’t know anything about vegetables before I farmed.” Now, he not only knows all the steps of growing plants, but he cooks, too. Dubuclet thinks these programs can help transform communities like his — pointing to the fact that he now gardens and prepares food with his family. “My grandmother is getting older, and working in the garden has helped me to get closer to her,” he said. “Really, farming has made me the person I am today.”

Read on here

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

Inspiring Growth: new film about Grow Dat!

New short film just released!

A beautiful little doc about Grow Dat by filmmaker Jason Bethea. Inspiration about fostering social transformation by growing food with teenagers across difference.

Jason spent last year’s entire 5-month Leadership Program with us, crafting a short doc that highlights the youth that grow with us. Enjoy!