Supporting the City: Grow Dat Youth Farm
Grow Dat Youth Farm is an urban farm and youth development program located on seven acres of land in New Orleans’ City Park.
As the largest urban farm in New Orleans, Grow Dat employs over 70 New Orleans youth and young adults as they collaborate to grow more than 35,000 lbs of food for their community each season. In 10 years, the organization has been a model for just and sustainable food systems all while encouraging young people to engage in rigorous work and create relationships across lines of difference. Youth leaders at Grow Dat cultivate public speaking skills and learn how to give and receive feedback, on top of learning to grow food! The Grow Dat program has over 400 graduates that have contributed to the growth of thousands of pounds of produce for the people of New Orleans.
During the Grow Dat Leadership Program, youth leaders are split into crews, with Assistant Crew Leaders and one Crew Leader. Together, they farm, participate in workshops related to food justice and diversity, and embark on a variety of educational endeavors. One Crew Member said this about their experience:
“I feel my time here has been very educational and eye-opening. I’ve learned a lot about the world around me and the food system overall. I’ve become inspired with cooking, gardening, and helping my community. I also made friends!”
How You can support
Grow Dat donates 25% of their produce through their Shared Harvest Program. This is just one of the ways that they build solidarity with other local organizations whose mission and values align with their own. Currently, the farm is in the middle of “Growing the Green”, their end of the year alternative giving campaign. The funds raised between now and January 31st will help to employ nearly 70 youth leaders from across the New Orleans area. Help to make Grow Dat’s inclusive, sustainable space a reality by donating at https://bit.ly/35EnC6h!