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Field Report: Grow Dat Youth Farm

Grow Dat Youth Farm is growing! With in the past couple of weeks we have been pulling winter crops and transplanting summer crops. Saturday, May 21st we tried the very first tomatoes that were grown on the farm. The feeling of growing and eating your own food is comparable to few other joys in life. Some crops that we have in the ground are:  tomatoes, okra, zucchini, potatoes, parsley, carrots, hot peppers, bell peppers, kale, and a host fruit trees: orange, fig, lemon, lime, satsuma, and grapefruit. Most Saturdays our youth sale their produce at Sankofas’ Farmers market on the corner of St Claude Ave and Gallier St. Our youth along with   tremendous list of volunteers are most responsible for our success. This Spring we hired over 20 youth with the goal to grow 10000lbs of fruit and veggies. During our Spring program our youth work about 9hrs a week and during the summer they work 28hrs per week. When our youth are not on the farm volunteers provide us with the resources to get the job done. I’m proud to say that we are 1/3 the way towards our goal of 10,000lbs!

 

1st week on the farm. Identifying group goals at Grow Dat                                Harvesting those crops

 

 Turnip Cole Slaw
5 small turnips (about 4 cups shredded)
1 large carrot
2 green onions (optional)
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt

Shred turnips and carrot using cheese grater. Put in large bowl. In another bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, and salt and stir til well combined. Pour turnips and carrots and mix well. Garnish with chopped green onions if desired. Chill in fridge and serve cold.
Bon appetite!

1st week on the farm. Mulching pathways with straw.                              Other Volunteers assisting at the farm!

-Jabari Brown, Tulane CPS AmeriCorps VISTA, Grow Dat Youth Farms

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