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Grow Dat Throws Summer Jam on the Farm

15:00 June 10, 2022
By: Gracie Wise

Two years of COVID-19 restrictions and cancellations later, Summer Jam on the Farm is back and better than ever!

When is Summer Jam on the Farm?

Grow Dat Youth Farm will toast the beginning of summer vacation by hosting their first in-person fundraising event of the year on Friday, June 17 at 5 p.m. at 150 Zachary Taylor Drive. Guests should expect live music, mouthwatering food and beverages, and plenty of activities on the farm.

Summer Jam on the Farm will open with the local musical talent Jelly Biscuits with the Flakey Layers, a folk-rock band based in the South. C'est Funk a DJ born and raised in Brazil, will be the star of the jam with a broad range of groovy music from around the world. Feeling hungry? Emmylou's BBQ, Greta's Sushi, and Chance in Hell SnoBalls will leave your palates begging for more. The event will close out at 8 p.m.

Other exciting things to look forward to are marketplace vendors specializing in homemade art and jewelry, raffle items, and an open bar selling local beer and unique cocktails from local restaurants.

Tickets for Summer Jam on the Farm

Early bird tickets will cost $25 in advance through Friday, June 10, and tickets at the door will cost $30. Youth tickets will cost $10 for youth ages 6-20, and entry for kids 5 and under will be free. All proceeds will help over 70 Grow Dat youth leaders raise money for their leadership programs. You can purchase tickets here.

You can contact the development director, Julie Gable, at julie@growdatyouthfarm.org to learn more about upcoming sponsorship and special event marketing opportunities.

Grow Dat has impacted the lives of youth as well as the residents of the Greater New Orleans area since 2011. The organization is an education-centered nonprofit organization that aims to enrich the leadership skills of young adults through growing, selling, and sharing food. They have a 7-acre farm in beautiful City Park where most of their work is done.

Grow Dat embodies this mission: "to nuture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food." Each year, they grow 35,000 pounds of produce to feed the community. In fact, they donate 10,5000 of those pounds to Shared Harvest partners.

Today, Grow Dat has over 450 employees that grow more than 225,000 pounds of food to increase food access in the city. According to their website, 96% of youth employees say they feel prepared for the real world.

Keep yourself updated on Summer Jam on the Farm by following Grow Dat on Facebook and Instagram. You can also learn more about Grow Dat and it's work at growdatyouthfarm.org and donate to their cause here.

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