Youth Speak: On Not Being Afraid to be Yourself

I loved working with the people here. Everybody is open minded. No one is judgmental. No one is negative. Everyone is uplifting all the time and I love them for that. Everybody in my crew was supportive of me. They said ‘you are not afraid to be yourself’, and that’s what I think people here were like. Everyone could just be themselves.

“I loved working with the people here. Everybody is open minded. No one is judgmental. No one is negative. Everyone is uplifting all the time and I love them for that. Everybody in my crew was supportive of me. They said ‘you are not afraid to be yourself’, and that’s what I think people here were like. Everyone could just be themselves.” -Youth Crew Member

Grow Dat creates a safe and rigorous environment that challenges young people while supporting them in their growth. Please join our Growing the Green alternative gift campaign to support our work.

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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!

Sneak Peek: Lush Lil Plant Starts for this Saturday’s Plant Sale

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Sneak Peek: Lush Lil Plant Starts for this Saturday's Plant Sale

Farm Assistant Sarah Howard just snapped this pic of some superstars who will grace the Plant Sale stage. Come to the Farm this Saturday, Oct. 26, 9am-2pm to stock your winter garden with these healthy and hardy vegetable and herb starts!

Farm Pix: Fruits of the Artists’ Labors

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MushroomSpawnInstallation

The mushroom installation has fruited! Artist/Farmers Mei-Ling Holm and David McClelland ran a workshop on the farm several weeks ago while artists in residency at the Joan Mitchell Center. Their beautiful straw baskets are producing a robust crop of tender and flavorful oyster mushrooms.

Volunteer on the Farm this Spring

Our giant chalkboard announces the agricultural tasks on our plate. Photo by William Widmer

Our giant chalkboard announces the agricultural tasks on our plate. Photo by William Widmer

Our Harvest Volunteer Days (for individuals) this spring are:

  • Tuesdays (8am-11am)
  • Fridays (8am-11am)

February 5th through May 17th 2013.

Come help us harvest and prepare our produce for distribution. Volunteers will prep both our donated Shared Harvest and the crops youth Crew Members will sell at Saturday Farmer’s Markets around the city.

For Groups:
For group volunteers we suggest a $7 donation per Volunteer to cover supplies and staff time for the volunteer event. Please contact Jabari Brown to discuss bringing your group to Grow Dat.

We have various needs and opportunities for many other volunteer tasks – please email Jabari Brown, Volunteer Coordinator and Youth Education Specialist at  jabari1@growdatyouthfarm.org for more information.

Jabari Brown, Volunteer Coordiantor at Grow Dat.

Jabari Brown, Volunteer Coordinator at Grow Dat.

Join us for a group volunteer day on the bayou and in the fields.
Join us for a group volunteer day on the beautiful bayou and out in the fields.

Farm Pix: Happy New Year from our team

Team Grow Dat

Happy 2013 from our team. Photo by Dylan Hollingsworth

Jeanne, Jabari, Johanna, Leo and Karnesha wish you all the best for much growth in 2013!

As we reflect on the accomplishments and struggles of 2012, we are grateful for an overwhelming sense of success. Our farm continues to thrive, as do the youth we serve. We’re grown so much as we now approach our THIRD year! Every year we take thoughtful, planned steps to hire more youth, grow more sustainable produce, and share more food with New Orleanians in need.

Thank you to everyone for your continued generosity in our year end giving campaign (it’s not too late!) – we are thrilled to be wildly surpassing our fundraising goals.

“A proper community is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members – among them the need to need one another.” -Wendell Berry

Happy New Year!