Johanna is nominated for Business Woman Of The Year!

Johanna Gilligan, Grow Dat Co-Director and Program Manager, is a finalist to become the City Business Woman of the Year!

Johanna is the sole proprietor of Clean Plate Projects, LLC, offering consultation on food education projects and food policy initiatives. Grow Dat was launched through the partnership of Clean Plate Projects and The Tulane City Center. Check out her (fabulous) competition of forty-nine other women doing great work in New Orleans here.

The winner will be announced live at the City Business luncheon on November 16 – stay posted for the results and keep rooting for Johanna!


Vote for Grow Dat’s Farm Advisor, Macon Fry

Click the photo and vote for Macon!


Macon and Teedy in the arugula field. Photo by Sabree Hill, 2011.

Grow Dat’s fabulous Farm Advisor, ‘Garden Guy’ Macon Fry is a finalist in Global Green’s Citizen Entrepreneur contest!

Voting is easy and takes less than a minute. Click here and enter your name, email address, zip code, and then click on the oval under the photo of Macon and Teedy working in the arugula field. Macon is the last nominee on the list (not that has any bearing on his chances, of course!)

Macon was nominated by multiple organizations and individuals in New Orleans, and was selected by Global Green as one of 13 finalists out of over 100 nominations. Global Green and SeventhGeneration together will award $2,000 towards the winner’s green projects. Macon plans to use the award to install a demonstration vermiculture (worm) composting system in order to train other urban farmers in the city interested in alternative and space-saving compost methods.

Voting is open until the last week of May. Spread the word – tell your friends.

Good luck, Macon!

We’re finalists for Echoing Green’s Black Male Achievement Fellowship!

Johanna Gilligan, Grow Dat Co-Director, has been named one of 16 finalists for the new Black Male Achievement Fellowship, sponsored by Echoing Green and Open Society Foundations.

Johanna is honored to stand with these truly innovative finalists, all social entrepreneurs dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States. The selection process began at over 1,000 applicants several months ago, and now the finalists will convene in New York for interviews and final decisions in mid May.

Congrats to all the finalists! Good luck, Johanna!

The Greater New Orleans Foundation Awards Grow Dat $35,000 – the Highest IMPACT Grant Allocation!!!

Grow Dat is honored to be selected as one of the ‘best nonprofit organizations in the region’, receiving the highest award of the new IMPACT Grants from the Greater New Orleans Foundation!

From the 12.21.11 GNOF press release about the awards:

“The IMPACT Program is the Foundation’s largest discretionary grants program. In partnership with its generous donors, the Foundation invests in highly effective nonprofit organizations in the following four categories: arts and culture; education; health and human services; and youth development.

“IMPACT 2011 allows us to identify and invest in the best nonprofit organizations in the region,” said Dr. Albert Ruesga, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “These nonprofit leaders are working tirelessly to make this a thriving community for all. Their contributions add tremendously to the health and vibrancy of our region.”

The IMPACT 2011 review process was rigorous. “The Foundation received over 250 letters of interest from nonprofit organizations applying for grants,” said Ellen Lee, senior vice president of programs for the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The application review process included a site visit by Foundation staff, a careful study of all the financial information for the organization, and a review by the Foundation’s grants committee. “These are tough economic times for many of our area’s nonprofits. In addition to financial support, IMPACT grantees are supported throughout the year with networking opportunities, communications assistance, and investments of time by the Foundation staff.'”

See the Times-Picayune coverage of the awards: