The DIRT GROUP Paradigm

The DIRT GROUP Paradigm

Litchfield/Hutchinson DIRT GROUP’s made Lavender soap from the lavender we grew together…intentionally focused, redundant, novel, experiential, visceral, aerobic, sense of purpose/meaningful, consistency…social & emotional learning requires lived experiences

Grounded & informed in applied theory in practice: experiential learning, social learning, strength-based, symbolic interactionism, & ecological systems theories; DIRT GROUP is a resiliency informed, children’s mental health application based in social and emotional learning in the context of a group experiential gardening, farming, foods, & creative arts project. DIRT GROUP is in Hutchinson, Litchfield, Minneapolis, St. Cloud, & Willmar. What the Cluck Food Truck, 4BubbasFoods, Hooganaga Family Farms. Tangible outcomes, skills which prepare participants for life, pride & ownership, the “BIG ripple effect”

(opportunities to participate and make a difference in community), social context/social inclusion. Human development. Community Development. Economic development, rooted in social justice.


Prairie Soil Youth Cooperative

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