This article is part of gb&d‘s Green Typologies series, Farm to Class.
New Orleans – The Grow Dat Youth Farm is a public interest design project that sprung up after the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina. Located on a four-acre plot of land in City Park near some of the areas hit hardest by the storm, the site was designed by students and architects from Tulane City Center at Tulane University’s School of Architecture.
Grow Dat began in 2012 and is modeled after similar youth farm projects in Boston (Food Project) and Austin (Urban Roots). As the farm grows, it will provide up to 30 jobs for local high school students, who will be paid to participate in the 19-week revolving programs where they can work one day per week after school and earn up to $50 each week. Of the food grown on-site (40,000 pounds projected by 2014), 60 percent will be sold to local vendors, and the rest will be donated to Shared Harvest and other local food charities.
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