“Rain rain go away…”

Well folks this year we have caught up on rainfall/moisture in our area. So much so that it has proven to be a worthy adversary in preventing weeds from leaving the gardens. Stepping into ankle deep mud is not conducive to successfully harvesting or good growth. I know I shouldn’t be complaintive about the moisture but the reality is many of our efforts will prove fruitless…at least as far as an abundant vegetable harvest. 


My dad always identified the “silver lining” in frustrating situations and there have been and will continue to be teachable moments (and then some) through real hands on learning to deal with frustrations, problem solve, and to be inspired with better plans for next year. Delaying gratification becomes a regular condition in these circumstances and provides learning opportunities which may not have existed if the weather had cooperated like last year. 


I hope this finds you hopeful and excited for harvest season and look forward to fewer weeds and more produce next year!!!! Hooganaga (all good things) to all y’all !!!!

NEW WEBSITE COMING!!!!

2015-04-11 15.05.56For those of you attempting to navigate to the DIRT GROUP WORLD, Inc. website (www.dirtgroupworld.com),  WELCOME to our blog! We are in the process of creating a brand new website with amazing content and features. You will be able to access all things DIRT GROUP from this new website at dirtgroupworld.com including (but not limited to) information about DIRT GROUP, the children’s mental health application, DIRT GROUP TV which will provide webcasts, online trainings for CEU’s, as well as just informational webcasts/videos; 4bubbasfoods & What the Cluck Food Truck-a social entrepreneurial youth development and community based job skills training program focused on building capacity in youth and facilitating opportunities for them to participate in their communities, learn about food security, advocacy, outreach, and leadership; Hooganaga Family Farms, Little Farmer’s Pre-School, and so much more!!!!  Thanks for stopping by and watch for updates and our new website by March 10th!!!  Come find us at this year’s annual MSSA Conference at the Minneapolis Hiltton March 16-18th. Kenny will be presenting Friday afternoon and will be available during the conference to consult and answer questions about DIRT GROUP WORLD!!!

  • May is Mental Health Month Event on MAY 11th. EARN 5 FREE CEU’s–More information coming!

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18 varieties of garlic…

  Only time will tell if our garlic planting from our DIRT GROUP Practitioner Certification Training will be successful. The other day while I was talking with some of the youth with whom we work. We were discussing what Rosemary looks like, (my favorite herb) and if any of them could tell me what it looked like based on the written description in a no picture, black & white seed catalog. No one could. I then showed them a colorful seed catalog with pictures of Rosemary and they were surprised. 

None of them could see what Rosemary would look like after we planted and grew it, and realized they kind of have to take our word for it, until they can compare and recognize this herb from the pictures. Treatment is a lot like that when we tell our kiddos and their caregivers what it will be like and about all the different skills they will learn, practice, & master through their participation in DIRT GROUP. They can’t really see it at first, but as they ‘grow to learn, they learn to grow’ and what was once like a dim image in a mirror or a black and white picture of just words–becomes a clear colorful picture of themselves brimming with competency and capacity.

My coworkers took this metaphor even further. Often times, adults/parents/caregivers,etc. expect to see immediate results when their kids are in treatment–kind of like taking your car to the shop to get fixed…the example my coworkers gave our kiddos was related to planting seeds and garlic. Kids can be in treatment for awhile and adults stand around and watch and say “I don’t see any progress happening”. When you plant seeds or garlic, or potatoes, or whatever–there’s a lot going on under the dirt and in the dirt that we can’t see from our vantage point above the ground. Kind of like treatment…then one day–there it is–pushing up and through the earth toward the sun. It’s barely there–but it’s coming, and it’s going to need help from rain, sun, heat, and us helping to care for and nurture these small, fragile seedlings. Progress takes time, time to prepare the soil, plant the seeds, and nurture them. So many times, as adults we crush this growth under our feet if we are not paying attention to it, like Rosemary, it takes so long to germinate–we might give up too soon or it might pop up amidst the weeds growing there and we don’t pay attention and remain diligent in helping them rise above the weeds…

We will begin our actual Rosemary planting the beginning of February. 

  

‘Tis the Harvest Season! !

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Our annual Harvest Banquet Celebration is coming up this Saturday. This is an amazing day where everything comes together and DIRT GROUP Participants begin the day with a rich experiential group skills training followed by the banquet where this year the menu includes a hog roast, turkey, potatoes, squash, green bean casserole, coleslaw, and pumpkin pie or apple pie for dessert! ! So proud of the gains DIRT GROUP participants have made in learning, practicing, and mastering important life and social skills!!! #SEL
Social & Emotional Learning doesn’t get better than this.
For more information visit:
http://www.dirtgroupworld.com or contact Kenny Turck at kenny@dirtgroupusa.com or by phone at: 320.220.2551

"Growing to Learn…Learning to Grow"