Tools to Create Social Change Through Youth Farming and Gardening


Screen shot 2014-01-10 at 10.32.52 AMSince 1991, the Massachusetts based Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture.  Inspired by this model, Grow Dat Youth Farm was founded in New Orleans in 2010 with the mission to bring youth from different backgrounds and disciplines together to support public health, local economies, and sustainable food systems in their communities. Key to the continued success of Food Project and the growing success of Grow Dat is the staff’s dedication to providing their youth with practical tools for personal and group development.  Farm and garden based learning serve as ideal environments for students of all ages to learn self-awareness, and tackle issues around diversity, oppression and equity.  In the Growing School Gardens community’s first webinar of 2014, Food Project’s Greg Gale shared sample tools and discussed the potential impact of these across the education ecosystem. He was joined by Grow Dat Youth Farm’s Johanna Gilligan, who shared how these tools have enabled Grow Dat and its youth to thrive.  Youth farming and gardening provide many opportunities to create awareness and encourage social change.

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