Grow Dat Youth Farm Project

New Orlean’s City Park has several interesting projects under construction.  One that can be viewed from the intersection of Golf Drive and Zachary Taylor Drive is the Grow Dat Youth Farm.  This farm is part of a collaborative program by Tulane City Center, the New Orleans Food and Farm Network, and City Park.  It was developed for New Orlean’s high-school students to “nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food.”  The goal of the program is to produce healthy food for the residents of New Orleans and to inspire the communities to create personal, social, and environmental change within the city.
Here is a link to the organization’s website:  http://growdatyouthfarm.org/.
The farm itself is a 4 acre site situated along an arm of City Park’s lagoon network.  The design  is simple yet elegant and fun; it was dreamed up by Tulane Architecture and Landscape Architecture students in one of the school’s studio classes.  The architecture features “green” buildings created from slightly raised shipping containers set within a scaffolding of steel and wooden beams.

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