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


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

Hootenanny next door at Popp Fountain’s Arbor Room

The HOOTENANNY has finally arrived!

The Hootenanny is on, and we are moving the festivities next door to the gorgeous Arbor Room at Popp Fountain. It has a stellar dance floor and — perhaps most importantly for this drizzly spring day — ceilings! Hurray! Popp Fountain is nearby door the farm so you can still peek at our lush fields growing thousands of pounds of vegetables for New Orleans from a distance.


Advance ticket sales are now closed but you can purchase walk-up tickets at the event starting at 7pm tonight.

Popp Fountain’s Arbor Room is located in City Park at 30 Zachary Taylor Drive, right off Marconi Drive. (Before you get to the dog park and Grow Dat.)

Please help spread the word! We look forward to seeing you all in your best Barn Dance dress tonight.

Team Grow Dat

Grab your Dancing Shoes! Announcing Grow Dat’s second annual Hootenanny!

It’s Grow Dat’s biggest party of the year!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 17 for an evening with Bruce Sunpie Barnes, square dancing, craft cocktails, and treats from premier local restaurants and Chefs including Susan Spicer, Eman Loubier, Pagoda Cafe and Brennan Family Restaurants. Oh, and don’t forget the ice cold beer!


Details:  $35 sliding scale entry to dance the night away. All proceeds benefit local teens growing food for New Orleans!
$35.00 – includes cocktails, beer, music, dancing, small plates
$50.00 – includes cocktails, beer, music, dancing, small plates AND a $10 coupon to the weekly Grow Dat Farm Stand
$100 – includes cocktails, beer, music, dancing, small plates, AND an organic cotton Grow Dat tshirt, AND a $20 coupon to the weekly Grow Dat Farm Stand.