New Orleans is known for its cuisine and unforgettable regional flavors—cultural food traditions worth preserving. Grow Dat Youth Farm provides opportunities for city kids to connect to the land, spend time outdoors, and learn self-sufficiency skills of growing and cooking fresh foods; they can take lessons and seeds home to cultivate their gardens. Jonshell Johnson is the education coordinator at the farm, located on seven acres in New Orleans City Park. He works with youth leaders to grow healthy and culturally relevant foods and increase access across race, class, and gender while also engaging in agricultural practices that help to reach drawdown. Each year, Grow Dat Youth Farm grows 35,000 pounds of food, 10,500 of which is donated to a local food shelf. Jonshell’s work shows that growing food is good for the environment and for people—a climate solution anyone can try without sacrificing rich cultural identities.
New Orleans: Episode #
— Tuesday, June 13, 2023