Here we go! DIRT GROUP IS COMING ! ! !

I’m hearing a lot of excitement in young people’s voices as the weather continues to hold and reach into the 70+ degrees (Fahrenheit) in this part of Minnesota. I just returned a few days ago from Earthrise Farm with my good, good friends Kay and Annette Fernholz (the sisters’ squared!) and was SO IMPRESSED with how everything is growing so well! I hope to do a short video to encompass the original planting dates March 7, 8, 9 and return trips since as the greenhouse comes alive!
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DIRT GROUP participants did a group skills training day at Earthrise in early March and planted things for their garden starts and i then returned for two days to plant the rest of the greenhouse nearly full to capacity! The pictures are amazing but here is a link to a short video I took and posted in the greenhouse this past weekend.
The extra sound is from the exhaust fans!

Here are some pics from the planting through this past weekend:

4BubbasFoods has garlic growing, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, and more going in…DIRT GROUP Participants will be receiving items from 4BubbasFoods Cold Crop Collection to begin their planting as well ! ! !

And on Sunday April 26th, Kenny will have the distinct pleasure and honor to present a MHED Talk on DIRT GROUP at the “The largest children’s mental health conference in the nation” Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health State Conference (MACMH). Here is a description from MACMH’s website:

“MHED Talks is a presentation series in the spirit of TED Talks. Using stories – both personal and experiences from the field – speakers will be given 18 minutes to share their expertise on new concepts, programs, treatment models, research and healthcare trends.”
DIRT GROUP is coming…

Doing good quality work…

IMG_0985What is the purpose of group skills training? “To learn, practice, and master–then transfer skills we are learning to places in our everyday life” (DIRT GROUP participant).

This past weekend and today my co-workers and I instructed, discussed, and reviewed DIRT GROUP participant’s target skill areas. These included: Doing good quality work, staying on task, completing tasks, cooperating with others, participating in activities, dealing with frustration, displaying appropriate control, resisting peer pressure, hygiene, using an appropriate voice tone, choosing appropriate words to say, accepting “no” for an answer, following instructions (the first time asked), listening to other with “eyes and ears”, starting conversations/talking with others, delaying gratification, among others.

DIRT GROUP is an experiential (hands on) social skills training group which positively influences social skills development in at-risk youth. DIRT GROUP practitioners instruct and review target skill areas with participants and create a “marinade” or a “therapeutic milieu” which fosters success in DIRT GROUP participants ability to learn, practice, and master skills they are lacking which help to return them to a normal developmental trajectory. IMG_0991

This past weekend DIRT GROUP experiential exercises included making chicken fajitas (chicken, peppers, and red, yellow, orange, green peppers, garlic, and even some sausage! The many ingredients helped youth understand that just like there are many ingredients for successful social skill development the same is true for making great fajitas!


Goliath & King Sampson



Goliath & King Sampson,  my two Jersey Giant mature roosters.
Use the Google and search Jersey Giant Chickens…I have nearly 50 Jersey Giant hens, 25 Production Red hens. I have 3 adolescent Jersey Giants roosters (hatched this past summer) among the hens, the hens were hatched in May of 2013, June 2014, and July 2014.

"Growing to Learn…Learning to Grow"


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