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Field Report: Grow Dat Youth Farm

Progress on Grow Dat’s new site: Let’s move dat!

The Grow Dat Youth Farm is located on a beautiful 4 acre site in New Orleans’ beloved City Park, with 2 acres of cultivable land.

Providing a central location accessible by public transportation, the farm will become an educational destination for students and residents alike. Nestled within the larger acreage of the Park, the Farm will provide innumerable lessons about the natural world to urban youth.

Tulane City Center (TCC)  at the Tulane School of Architecture is leading site development and is now constructing our farm campus. With the help of TCC, the site is transforming over time from an abandoned golf course to a diversified organic farm cultivated by youth. As with all TCC projects, structures on the farm will be developed with specific attention to our regional climate and energy efficiency. The campus features green building innovations for our outdoor classroom, teaching kitchen, locker rooms, administrative offices, and large post-harvest handling areas.

In 2012, the farm will produce an anticipated 10,000 pounds of food and up to 40,000 pounds by 2014. The produce grown on the farm will nourish New Orleans residents who currently have limited access to fresh food.

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We are excited to announce our first annual “Growing the Green” campaign to support the work of the Grow Dat Youth Farm. The idea for Grow Dat is simple: hire young adults, whose job options are often limited to fast food restaurants, to grow food for their community. You can help us grow the green by supporting us in one of the following ways: giving the gift of employment for a young person or by purchasing a tool or set of tools that will help us start our farm. Visit our website, growdatyouthfarm.org, to help grow the green. Thanks for your support!

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This entry was posted on January 13, 2012 by in VISTA Field Reports.

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