Johanna Gilligan is Executive Director and Co-founder of Grow Dat Youth Farm. Grow Dat is a seven-acre farm located in New Orleans City Park. Since 2011, the farm has nurtured a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. Grow Dat sells 70 percent of the food the farm produces and gives 30 percent to the young workers, their families, and needy people in the community. From February to June, the public can stop by to purchase produce from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. In addition to selling its produce, Grow Dat will begin offering unique dining experiences under the stars, using products from the farm. On Saturday, May 7, 2016, Grow Dat will host its first dinner. For foodies and diners who are seeking a memorable food experience, Johanna, “is working with the Link Restaurant Group and Chefs from two popular restaurants: Pêche and Cochon.” This special dinner is sure to be popular; to make reservations and get detailed information, visit


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