You’re Invited! HOOTENANNY Barn Dance Benefit for Grow Dat presented by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation

Tickets on sale now!

Hootenanny Invite ABOUT: Join us on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 6:30-10pm for our Barn Dance Benefit presented by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. This is an incredibly unique event that takes place at our farm and features music, dancing, dinner, and cocktails under the Louisiana night sky. As the largest urban farm in the city, located in heart of beloved City Park, we are proud to invite you to this fantastic annual party. Thanks to our beautiful, outdoor setting we have no capacity limit for the event, so bring your friends!

This year, square dancing with caller Dan Baker and free Zydeco instruction with Harold Bernard kicks off an evening of revelry on the farm. Performances by four-time Grammy nominee Cedric Watson, My Wife’s Hat and The Western Sweethearts will inspire revelers to kick up their heels. Premier local restaurants and chefs plan to cook up delightful small plates:

1,000 Figs
Centerplate
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
Fulton Alley
Good Eggs
Mr. B’s Bistro
Mondo
Pagoda Cafe
St. James Cheese
SEED
Seither’s Seafood
Sodexho
Woody’s Fish Tacos

We will also offer craft cocktails, coffee specialties, and have ice-cold beer on hand. And last but not least, we are offering some very exciting silent auction items, including once in a lifetime vacation opportunities, unique art pieces, and other special surprises.

Tickets are $40 in advance online, or $50 at the door.

CULTIVATE FRIENDS AND SAVE! Make a $400 contribution and you’ll get 11 tickets (that’s 1 ticket free!) and you’ll also underwrite one comp ticket for a Grow Dat youth or community member.  Or, make a $200 donation and you’ll get 6 tickets (one ticket free!) and underwrite one comp ticket for a Grow Dat youth.

FEATURED SPONSORS:
The Goldring Family Foundation
Donna and Jim Barksdale

HARVESTER SPONSORS:
Anonymous
Cathy and Hunter Pierson

SPROUT SPONSORS:
Nancy and Mike Marsiglia
Amanda Hammack and Donald Link
Carol and Harold Asher
Dr Ryan Thibodaux and Second Line Family Dentistry
Tales of the Cocktail
iBERIABANK
New Orleans Magazine
Offbeat Magazine
Duplantier Ice Services

OUR HONORARY EVENT HOSTS INVITE YOU TO JOIN US!
Carol and Harold Asher, Cathy Pierson, Eve Troeh, Glen Armantrout, Councilman Jason Williams, Jennifer Kelley, Katy Casbarian, Margaret Orr, Nancy and Mike Marsiglia, Octavio Mantilla, Dr Ryan Thibodaux and Second Line Family Dentistry, Scott Cowen, Stephanie Stone and Ludovico Feoli, Susan Spicer, and Suzanne Mobley.

GROW DAT YOUNG ALUMNI HOSTS:  Ashley Morgan, Cody Watson, Geiby Gomez, Melanie Long, Storie Cook, Tim Dubuclet, Tre Spadoni, Valentina Carillo and Yasmin Davis.

HOOTENANNY PLANNING COMMITTEE:  Stephanie Barksdale (Chair), Jennifer Kelley (LHF), Jeanne Firth, Claire Alsup, Nellie Catzen, Willa Conway, Kathryn Conyers, Johanna Gilligan, Malliron Hodge, Sarah Howard, Marian Howorth, Stephanie Krell, Kristy Magner, Keelia O’Malley, Emily Posner, and Joshua Schoop.

ABOUT GROW DAT: The mission of the Grow Dat Youth Farm is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. You can support these young adults who are growing food for New Orleans by joining us for the Grow Dat Hootenanny! Proceeds from this benefit will help us employ 40 teenagers to grow 12,000 pounds of food this year.

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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.

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

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.

Quarterly Update: Fall 2013

Hot off the press! For a detailed look at what’s been happening at Grow Dat this autumn, download our Fall 2013 Quarterly Update. There’s a big announcement inside you don’t want to miss!

Fall 2013 Quarterly Update

Fall Update

 

 

CANCELLED: Come meet our youth at the Fall Garden Festival in City Park this weekend!

We are sorry to announce that due to possible stormy conditions from Tropical Storm Karen, the Fall Garden Festival has been cancelled.

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Grow Dat youth will be presenting at the Urban Farm showcase at the New Orleans Botanical Garden’s Fall Garden Festival this Saturday and Sunday. Youth will give demonstrations in making a raise bed, planting the fall garden, composting, and urban chicken keeping (cluck, cluck!)

Simultaneously, youth will be offering free tours of our farm site and selling beautiful trees! Enjoy a  wonderful day in City Park by visiting both the festival and the farm.

Grow Dat Youth Farm Tree Sale and Farm Tours
Saturday, October 5 and Sunday October 6
10am – 5pm
Grow Dat Youth Farm site,
150 Zachary Taylor Dr. located between City Bark and Pan Am Stadium.

Youth interns will be leading tours of the farm and eco-campus, and will be selling native trees and shrubs to benefit the program.

Trees for sale:
Japanese Magnolia – $40
River birch – $40
Wax Myrtle – $30
Crepe Myrtle – $30
Viburnum – $20
Cherry Laurel – $20
Holly – $20
Inkberry – $20

JapaneseMagnolia