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  1. [Social Economic Environmental Design] [SEEDocs]
  2. I need y'alls very full attention.
  3. We're going for green tomatoes.
  4. Again, why are we using green tomatoes?
  5. Fry, saute. >>Fry.
  6. [Johanna Gilligan, Co-Director, Program Manager, Grow Dat Youth Farm] Grow Dat Youth Farm has a mission
  7. to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food.
  8. So we hire teenagers to work on our farm
  9. to grow food for their communities,
  10. 60% of which they sell, and 40% of which they share.
  11. [Emilie Taylor, Design Build Manager, Tulane City Center] Grow Dat Youth Farm is a 4-acre farm
  12. in New Orleans City Park, and the idea is to get high school students
  13. out on the farm as a first-time job opportunity
  14. learning how to grow food, harvest that food,
  15. sell it at market, and at the same time, eat healthy.
  16. [Scott Bernhard, Director, Tulane City Center] We have a city with a tiny fraction of the grocery stores
  17. you'd normally find in relation to a population.
  18. We have an epidemic of type 2 diabetes.
  19. We have an epidemic of childhood obesity
  20. and the myriad health problems that come from those situations.
  21. To find a work of architecture and landscape architecture
  22. that somehow takes on that gigantic cultural issue,
  23. addresses it through design at the same time as architecture students
  24. are learning about the capacity for architecture to engage those large issues
  25. and the possibility that architecture can address those large issues,
  26. this is a real important thing about the Grow Dat Youth Farm.
  27. [Taylor] This will be their offices, on this end of the container.
  28. So there'll be a series of desks lined up along this wall.
  29. And then they also get a window that will look out over the fields.
  30. [Gilligan] Big visions require great leaps of faith and then slow plotting towards that vision every day.
  31. So it's a combination of things that are scary at moments,
  32. but you have to keep the faith that money will follow the vision,
  33. which I think, in this case, we've found.
  34. [Grow Dat Youth Farm at City Park]
  35. [A Seed of an Idea]
  36. [Dan Etheridge, Associate Director, Tulane City Center] The Tualane City Center is the applied research
  37. and outreach center at the Tulane School of Architecture.
  38. We function much like a community design center.
  39. I got a call one day. There was some interest from
  40. up high in the university on looking at how some of the school reform work
  41. Tulane University is involved with could perhaps
  42. get involved with some of the urban agriculture, food justice, and youth leadership work.
  43. So I called Johanna to say, "What do I do?"
  44. And she had an idea.
  45. [Gilligan] I started realizing how many of my students work in the fast food industry,
  46. and how that was just such a--it seemed like, to me,
  47. such a waste of a first exposure to work, you know?
  48. So the idea of starting a farm to hire young adults to grow food was born in my mind.
  49. [Etheridge] We just started piecing together not only what a program could look like,
  50. but how we stand something up in a way that it's a sustainable project,
  51. and that was kind of the first step.
  52. [Planting the Design Seed]
  53. [Bernhard] Trying to address the whole food ecosystem
  54. in one project for high-school-aged students is a huge undertaking,
  55. but we think it's a really laudable goal.
  56. The role that design has with this is important as well,
  57. that we have architecture students who are really learning
  58. that design can truly engage the pressing problems of our time.
  59. [Taylor] This has been a project spanning about 2 semesters, plus the summer,
  60. where our college students have been working with the Grow Dat Youth
  61. and the staff at Grow Dat to help understand their needs,
  62. program the site, and then the solution that works best for those needs.
  63. And it's been a real back-and-forth process, collaborative process.
  64. [Etheridge] We had been around roughly 5 years when this started.
  65. And we felt like we had enough of a track record to go out and translate
  66. some of our work into a broader set of infrastructure that a community group
  67. could use to stand up a project.
  68. [Taylor] One of the things that we really want the college students to understand
  69. as young designers is that design is great, and design is important,
  70. and design can make a difference, but it's not--
  71. you're not going to save the world by making a beautiful object.
  72. But if you, as a designer, can plug in with a community partner
  73. in a group and a larger community that's all working towards a goal,
  74. you can be part of a team that's really transformative.
  75. [Growing Challenges]
  76. I think a project like this is hard for a group of design students
  77. because they're all used to working on their own separate projects in school,
  78. and here they have to really work collaboratively.
  79. And they have to respond to the community client's needs, community partner's needs.
  80. As they're building, this site is coming into use,
  81. and so a lot of the design is sort of changing as we go
  82. to fit the needs that the community client is telling us about
  83. as they're starting to use the space.
  84. So the design continues to evolve as it's being built
  85. in response to the community partner's requests.
  86. [Gilligan] It has been challenging,
  87. and it's also been seeded within a larger context
  88. of knowing that we have the great blessing to have
  89. a campus being constructed for us,
  90. specifically designed around our uses and our goals for the space.
  91. So at Grow Dat we're a values-based organization,
  92. and gratitude is one of our values,
  93. and so I think that any moment of frustration about
  94. the timeline of the construction
  95. has been overshadowed by the great gratitude
  96. that I and I know the rest of the team feel
  97. for what is going to be a beautiful space
  98. that we'll use for many, many, many years.
  99. [Etheridge] And as the people responsible for building it,
  100. we are appreciative of this values-based system
  101. and understand there is a limit to gratitude.
  102. And we don't take for granted what Johanna just said.
  103. And we are really driving to the finish line .
  104. And I think that is a responsibility in the kind of work that we do.
  105. While it's really good to have such a wonderful connection
  106. and relationship based on this shared value system,
  107. we've also got a responsibility to deliver a high-quality product
  108. in as timely a manner as we can and be responsible to our client.
  109. We have some expertise and we reserve the right to respectfully disagree on a challenge,
  110. what a community thinks the best idea for their particular project is.
  111. We don't impose our vision on it.
  112. We have a discussion about it, and we propose alternatives.
  113. And that always builds a much stronger project, in our mind.
  114. We always develop much better, deeper personal connections
  115. and ongoing friendships when there's been
  116. a little struggle and challenge, because people get that you're invested in the project
  117. and striving for excellence.
  118. [Nurturing the Seeds]
  119. When we pick, all you're going to be doing is kind of twisting.
  120. Not pulling, but just kind of snapping, almost.
  121. These are hard, so they're not going to squish.
  122. [Gilligan] The work of actually bringing young adults out to this farm
  123. and hiring them to grow food is being done in a lot of other places.
  124. I think what is specifically unique about our way of doing that
  125. is, in many ways, the relationship and the process
  126. between the university and this project.
  127. [Jabari Brown, Education and Volunteer Specialist, Grow Dat Youth Farm] Our youth spend about 50%
  128. of their time in the farm doing physical labor,
  129. growing, doing everything from building the rows you see here
  130. to cooking the food or selling it.
  131. So they do the whole 9, and that's about 50% of their time.
  132. The other 50% of their time is in lessons or discussions and things of that nature.
  133. So we get to watch them grow and become stronger workers,
  134. but we also get to see--to have a glimpse inside their personal lives.
  135. One of our crew members who works here now,
  136. he said, right after Katrina, he remembers
  137. he and his father canoeing through here.
  138. With their perspective and just to see how far they've turned around,
  139. most of our youth are about 16.
  140. So they were like 10 years old, you know, 9 to 10 years old when Katrina happened.
  141. So their memories are very, very vivid.
  142. [Etheridge] I mean, we've thought a lot about how this project
  143. fits into New Orleans post Katrina.
  144. I believe very strongly that the space that Johanna and Leo
  145. and their team have created out here
  146. fundamentally addresses some of those needs to heal
  147. within the young people.
  148. [Gilligan] Sadly, Katrina is only 1 of many
  149. traumas that the young people that we work with have dealt with,
  150. and it's amazing because I was just thinking
  151. my whole goal here is to create a safe space for 20 young people for 5 months.
  152. It seems like it shouldn't be that hard.
  153. But the reality of their lives is that they're constantly being exposed
  154. to a level of trauma that I think is unimaginable to most people,
  155. and they come here and consistently say,
  156. when they check out at the end of a work day--
  157. one of our students who had just lost a close friend of his to murder, said,
  158. "I feel much better than I did when I got here."
  159. And that is, on the one hand, a very small thing,
  160. and on the other hand a very big thing.
  161. [The Harvest]
  162. You know, I think if there's anything really truly revolutionary
  163. that we're doing here, it's being in relationships with one another
  164. in a way that says, can you hold up a mirror to me
  165. and tell me a little bit about who I am and how I can do better?
  166. And it is amazing what you hear from people
  167. when you're willing to sit with them,
  168. and it is amazing, the love that they give you, that feedback,
  169. when you open yourself up to it.
  170. I think that that kind of integrity just resonates.
  171. The young people in our program, most of them
  172. do not have access to spaces like this space.
  173. Spaces that are designed with intention, that are built with care,
  174. that are beautiful and thoughtful.
  175. So for them to be able to come here and feel ownership over a space
  176. that is created with such care and quality
  177. sends a super clear unspoken message to them.
  178. Through that space, we're saying we value you
  179. and we expect a lot from you in return.
  180. [Bernhard] Grow Dat is part of the solution,
  181. and it's part of a network of solutions that start with small
  182. concentrated efforts and then ripple outward through our culture.
  183. [Taylor] It's been an amazing team effort from the staff,
  184. the students, the accountant at school that has to process all the payments.
  185. I think it's been--it's taken a lot of people
  186. to get this far, and it'll take many more people
  187. to get it to the finish line, and just understanding
  188. what a small piece of a large puzzle everyone is is a humbling thing.
  189. [Soft music]
  190. [Social Economic Environmental Design] [SEEDocs]
  191. [Produced by: The UpTake] [In Partnership with Design Corps] [Funded by: The Fetzer Institute]
  192. [Producers: Chuck Olsen and Susan Marks] [Editor: John Dehn] [Design: Ben Malley]
  193. [Photos and Imagery Courtesy of: Tulane City Center, Grow Dat Youth Farm, Emilie Taylor]
  194. [Grocery Map Courtesy of Lime Agency]
  195. [Special Thanks list]
  196. [Fetzer Institute] [Fetzer.org]
  197. [www.designcorps.org/sti/winners] [www.seednetwork.org]
  198. [www.seedocs.org]