And they’re off: the National Youth Climate Exchange Summit

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Global Kids Environmental Justice Institute 2012

This afternoon I’m boarding a plane with three Grow Dat Policy Interns – Amber Young, Josh Kemp, and Kamau Johnson – to attend the National Youth Climate Exchange (NYCE) in Pennsylvania.

Grow Dat is honored to join the NYCE, the latest Global Kid’s Human Rights Activist project. Youth from Grow Dat in New Orleans are participating in a 3-day climate action summit with Build it Up West Virginia and Global Kids students from NYC and Washington, DC.

Addressing climate change is key to us at Grow Dat because food system emissions account for  between 19%-29% of all total greenhouse gases. And agricultureaccounts for 80%-86% of emissions within the food system. Check out the infographics from CGIAR:

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On our farm, youth grow food using sustainable and chemical-free methods. Our commitment to carbon reduction and environmental stewardship ensures that agriculture is part of the solution, rather than remaining a leading contributor to the problem.

To reduce our carbon footprint, most of the 5-month long fellowship is conducted via Google Hangout and conference calls. This summit is an opportunity for youth to get to know one another face-to-face. Atendees will spend the weekend crafting action plans for environmental justice work in their communities.

Youth in New Orleans know all too well the threat of sea level rise and the fallout of increasingly extreme weather patterns. Their voices are key to understanding the real impacts of a changing climate.

Stay tuned to see these young activists in action upon their return!

-Jeanne Firth
Grow Dat Program Specialist

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New Orleans’ first Pop Up Market! Saturdays at Columbia Parc

Look for Market Leader Amber Young (right, 2nd year Grow Dat worker) at the market every week as she leads rotating crews of new youth employees at the Pop Up Market.

Look for Market Leader Amber Young (right, 2nd year Grow Dat worker) at the market every week as she leads rotating crews of new youth employees at the Pop Up Market.

To market to market we go!

Grow Dat is proud to announce New Orleans’ first weekly Pop Up Market! Youth Crew Members will be selling their wares every Saturday this spring at the new Columbia Parc at the Bayou District development (formerly St. Bernard). The market features a wide variety Grow Dat’s fresh, affordable produce grown and sold by local teens.

Grow Dat Pop Up Market
Every Saturday

10:30am-1pm
Columbia Parc at the Bayou District
@ Caton & Duplessis

DEAL ALERT! First time customers get BOGO – Buy One, Get One – on all their produce purchases!

Mobile Farmer's Market designed by Tulane City Center Architecture student Justin

Mobile Farmer’s Market designed by Tulane City Center Architecture student Justin Siragusa

Look for our fancy schmancy mobile farmer’s market that hitches to the back of our farm truck. See it and know that delicious and affordable produce abounds!

Youth Speak: Grow Your Own

This job was the best because of the bonds that I got to make with people – and because we grew stuff. I really do grow food at home now! I never thought about it – I used to think it was stupid – when I’d see my grandmother in the garden. But now it’s amazing when you just sit there and something grows and you eat it afterwards. It’s cool because you’re really independent – you don’t need anything, really.

-Youth Crew Member

Amber and Christian show the morning harvest from the Tee Field

Amber and Christian show the morning harvest from the Tee Field

This holiday season we ask for your help to pay the salaries of the fabulous young people growing on our farm. Please support our work today!

Farm Pix: Grow Dat Youth Interns

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Farm Pix: Grow Dat Youth Interns

Meet Amber, Deshawn, Melanie and Yasmin – our inaugural and extraordinary Fall Interns. Perhaps you’ve already made their acquaintance at a food justice speaking event around town, or on a tour of our farm. They come together from four different schools across New Orleans to grow food, continue to develop their leadership skills, engage in service, and advocate for change in our city.

Taken on the Bayou near Granny Oak right behind our fields in City Park, New Orleans. Photo by William Widmer.

Support Amber, Deshawn, Melanie and Yasmin today!

Introducing our Eco Campus!

Last week we hosted our first big event, Pecha Kucha NOLA, on our farm’s almost-finished eco campus. The event was great and the space was beautiful! (see photo evidence below). The space is bright and welcoming during the day, and absolutely magical and warm at night.

Looking down into the outdoor classroom from the second floor. Youth Intern Amber and Co-Director Johanna practice their speeches before the crowds arrive.

On the deck looking West towards the outdoor classroom

The view from second floor, peeking into the outdoor classroom at night.

Our friends at Tulane City Center (TCC) have been hard at work preparing our staff offices for our move-in later this month. We can’t wait to take full advantage of TCC’s innovative, thoughtful and sustainable design.