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


Food Writer Judy Walker checks up on Grow Dat

Food Writer Judy Walker of the Times-Picayune and checked up on our farm and Founder Johanna Gilligan last week and her great story is running online today.

Judy visited us four years ago when we first launched the project and were not even on our City Park site yet (remember our pilot year at the lovely Hollygrove Market and Farm?)— check out how we’ve grown since then!

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Voices on Violence: Ties that Bind in City Park


This spring Renée Peck of NolaVie sat down with crew member Ashley Morgan and founding staff member Jeanne Firth to talk about the Mother’s Day parade shooting and gun violence: ‘Ties that Bind in City Park’.

The article is a beautiful rumination about the need to address our toughest social problems across the differences that can easily divide us. Learn about our Anti-Violence Summit and read youth reccomendations to the City on how to address violence here.

Co-Director Johanna profiled in St. Charles Avenue Magazine

o-Director and Founder Johanna Gilligan was recently profiled in St Charles Ave magazine in a piece by Lindsay Mack.

“According to Gilligan, the most rewarding aspect of her job is the chance to work with young adults. She feels that teens are an untapped resource, and Grow Dat helps them become their best selves. Furthermore, the program encourages students from all over the New Orleans metropolitan area to work together, forging friendships among students from many different public and private high schools. Lastly, both Gilligan and the students love the opportunity to work with their hands and spend a great deal of time outdoors.”

Check out the full article on MyNewOrleans.

Whole Foods 5% Day Raises Funds for Our Program

An in-store cooking demo by Carnesha and Whole Foods culinary staff

The results are in! Drumroll please…


New Orleans area Whole Foods stores selected Grow Dat to receive 5% of their sales on Wednesday, August 8. We are thrilled to learn that our share of this 5% is $10,200!

Grow Dat youth employees took over the aisles of the store to show shoppers how to make a delicious strawberry and pecan quinoa salad. Youth answered questions about the program and shared their stories as graduates from the 20-week job skills training program.

Thank you to Whole Foods for your continued support of our work, and thank you to everyone who came out for Grow Dat!

Brittany spoke with customers about Grow Dat’s work and mission in New Orleans and beyond

SEEDocs film about Grow Dat


Check out this mini-documentary film by SEED (Social Environmental Economic Design) and Design Corps which highlights the sustainable design and build happening right now on our site in City Park. The film had over 100,000 views within the first few weeks of its debut.

We were flattered that Vanessa Quirk of Architecture Daily recently ran a story about our farm and the power of public interest design.

We’re obviously huge fans of Tulane City Center (TCC) and the fantastic work they are doing to bring our farm campus to life. TCC recently won the SEED Award for Excellence in Public Interest Design. Congrats, TCC and thank you for your partnership!