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

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Extraordinary Gifts!

Avoid hum-drum holidays by giving meaningful gifts that support Grow Dat! http://goo.gl/DFv6G8

Avoid hum-drum holidays by giving meaningful gifts that support Grow Dat!

Last minute gifts? Please consider supporting Grow Dat’s Growing the Green alternative gift campaign and create an extraordinary holiday season! (Photos courtesy of our youth Fall Interns – over the weekend they did a little photo shoot with Site Manager & Outreach Coordinator Jabari Brown for the campaign.)

Place your online order by midnight on Thursday 12/19 to ensure USPS delivery of your ‘Thanks for Giving’ cards by 12/24. After Thursday night, donors will recieve emailed PDFs of the cards that they can print at home.

If you have already made a donation or are unable to contribute this year, please help us spread the word to your family, coworkers and friends.

Hope your winter is merry and bright!

In Gratitude,
The Grow Dat Team

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.

Growing the Green 2013!

Grow Dat Youth Farm is excited to announce the launch of Growing the Green 2013 – our annual alternative gift campaign.

Support our work by giving the gift of quality youth employment and fresh produce to those in need. Select giving levels for everyone on your list this season (see gift options list). You will be mailed corresponding “Thanks for Giving” cards that you can share with your loved ones. The perfect gift for everyone on your list. Give now

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Meaningful gifts for everyone on your list!

Sometimes people need a place where they can be the person that they would be without their peers, or what society says they are supposed to be. People need a place where they can go and clear their mind from all the challenges of the world and figure out who they really are. That’s what Grow Dat is.
-Youth Crew Member, 2013

More about Grow Dat: all youth interns go through a rigorous interview and application process, and are paid during their tenure at the organization. Since 2011, Grow Dat has graduated 56 youth from the intensive leadership program, has engaged over 6,000 children and adults in farm education through volunteer activities and field trips, and has harvested over 20,000 pounds of sustainably grown produce for New Orleans. 60% of this produce is sold at local farmers’ markets or served at some of the city’s top restaurants, and 40% is donated to those in need through our “Shared Harvest” initiative.

Gift Options for “Thanks for Giving” cards: 

Sample Thanks for Giving card

Sample Thanks for Giving card

  • $5.00 two pounds of Shared Harvest produce for NOLA families in need
  • $25.00 ten pounds of Shared Harvest produce for NOLA families in need
  • $55.00 youth crew member’s weekly stipend in the spring program
  • $100.00 forty pounds of Shared Harvest produce for NOLA families in need
  • $210.00 youth crew member’s weekly stipend in the intensive summer program
  • $1,660.00 youth crew member’s weekly salary for the entire 5-month leadership program

To donate and order cards, visit our online fundraising center

We are deeply grateful for your generosity and commitment to our work!

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

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

On NPR: Youth Farm Nutures Leaders

Real Talk: Muffin’s on the radio!

Eve Abrams, producer of 89.9 WWNO, spent last spring on our farm, following youth throughout our 5 month program. She put together a great audio piece that features one of our lovely second year Assistant Crew Leaders – Franchel Stevenson (known around here as Muffin).

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Hope you enjoy listening to Muffin’s insights. Will you consider supporting other Assistant Crew Leaders through our Growing the Green campaign?

 

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!