Grow Dat Youth Farm
The Grow Dat Youth Farm project has grown out of the strong partnership
developed between the Tulane City Center, the New Orleans Food and Farm
Network, and City Park. The Social Entrepreneurship Initiative at Tulane
University is supporting ongoing proposal development and the Tulane City
Center is leading site planning and design development.
The Grow Dat Youth Farm’s mission is to nurture a diverse group of young
leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. On our farm, we work
collaboratively to produce healthy food for local residents and to inspire
youth and adults to create personal, social, and environmental change in
their own communities. Grow Dat is a place where people from different
backgrounds and disciplines come together in research and practice to
support public health, local economies, and a sustainable food system in
Grow Dat Youth Farm launched it’s pilot year at Hollygrove Market
and Farm in January 2011. The first year of permanent programming began on site in City Park in January 2012.
A team of Tulane Architecture option studios worked collaboratively on the 4 acre Grow Dat site plan, landscape architecture, and the architecture that will support the growing and educational programming on site. Foundation work was started in the summer of 2011 and the Grow Dat staff moved into their office in the fall of 2012. Grow Dat Youth Farm is a teaching space open to the entire community. They have a Facebook page which lists public volunteer and education days but they also welcome visitors to the farm anytime Tuesday through Saturday.
To hear more about the program from the inaugural class of Grow Dat employees click here
To see a recent video from the student job site click here
Zin Min Aye
Mary Beth Luster
Ana Lucia Teran