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Grow Dat Youth Farm
150 Zachary Taylor Drive
City Park
New Orleans, LA 70124

Contact: Leo Gorman

Phone: 504-616-1777

Email: leo@growdatyouthfarm.org

Website: http://www.growdatyouthfarm.org

Last Updated: 05-08-2017

General Description: The Mission of the Grow Dat Youth Farm 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 South Louisiana.

We envision a vibrant New Orleans where youth and adults transform their communities, their environment, and themselves by engaging in the meaningful work of growing healthy food.

We use chemical-free farming methods to build a resilient sustainable agricultural system. To us that means producing food by supporting natural ecological systems and stewarding natural and human resources for the future. We sell 70% of produce through 90-member CSA as well as a farmer's market, farmstand, restaurants and grocery stores. We donate 30% of produce to youth program participants, hunger relief organizations and member-based worker rights organizations through our Shared Harvest program.

We do not use chemical-based pesticides or fertilizers. Instead, we utilize techniques such as cover cropping, composting, companion planting and crop rotation to stimulate micro-biological activity and soil health. Simultaneously, we support the growth of young people to become stewards of resources for future generations.

Internship Starts: rolling
Internship Ends: rolling
Number of Interns: 6
App Deadline: rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 1 month (3-12 preferable)

Meals: Full meals are not offered but Grow Dat will provide apprentices basic snacks during work hours as well as weekly donations of farm-harvested produce (when available).

Skills Desired:

Educational Opportunities:

Stipend: The apprenticeship is un-paid but includes benefits of weekly donated farm produce, strong mentorship from the Farm Manager, and an opportunity to work with a diverse team committed to building more sustainable and food-secure New Orleans. School credit can also be coordinated. The Farm Manager is happy to act as a reference and and write letters of recommendation for future employment/study interests.

Housing: Housing is not provided but the Farm Manager will work with apprentices to help search for and procure housing.

Preferred method Of Contact: email

Internship Details: Grow Dat is interested in hosting adult apprentices who are interested in advancing their gardening/agricultural skills by working on a market farm. Work with our farm team on our beautiful 7-acre site in City Park to help reach our production goals. Most work occurs Tuesday-Friday mornings 8:30am-12:30pm. You will work along side farm staff, youth fellows, other adult interns and volunteer groups. This internship is primarily an opportunity for "learning through doing" with daily conversations about sustainable agricultural concepts and practices.


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