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Johanna Gilligan
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Johanna Gilligan has worked in the field of food education for the last nine years, since graduating from Tulane University in 2003. She began her career at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York in the Education Outreach department, where she taught inquiry-based plant science to students in Title 1 schools throughout Brooklyn. Since moving back to New Orleans in 2006 she has developed multiple food education projects with the New Orleans Food and Farm Network and Kids Rethink New Orleans schools, including developing nationally-recognized model for engaging middle school students in school food reform. This work is currently the subject of HBO documentary set to air in May 2012. She is the Founder and Co-Director of the Grow Dat Youth Farm and in 2011 was awarded the Tulane Urban Innovation Challenge Fellowship.

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Our Look at Kalegate: a Chance to Find Common Ground

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 9:20 AM

At Grow Dat Youth Farm, we've been taking in what we refer to in jest as "the great kale controversy of 2014" from a distance, until recently, when the national media sought us out. We were first visited by a reporter from Aljazeera America, who published

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Investing in Real Change

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 1:10 PM

This week, I've had the exciting opportunity to sit on a panel at Tulane University with Fixes journalist David Bornstein. David recently wrote a very interesting NY Times column on diverging approaches to increase access to clean water in the developing world. In it, he highlights...

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The Great Cafeteria Takeover: "Rethinking" the Approach to School Food Reform

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 6:48 PM

This week New Orleanians previewed "The Great Cafeteria Takeover," the first in a three-part series of films to air on HBO May 14th to 16th. The films are all part of The Weight of the Nation, a multi-platform documentary series that spotlights the facts and myths about America's...

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Growing Opportunity in New Orleans

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 3:05 PM

This week, my alma mater, Tulane University, joined with the NCAA to host a Final Four community event at the Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans City Park. It was a special day for our farm -- for one, we planted our first citrus trees -- and I wanted...

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