The appeal of gardening can be best explained by telling you about six guys. They are friends and housemates at one of the DakotAbilities homes. Last winter they decided that they wanted to have their own gardens in the spring. (Trevor was so excited he went shopping in early March for seeds.) The guys searched for the type of raised bed garden they wanted and bought kits locally. When the weather started getting warmer they worked together assembling the kits and even stained them to protect the wood.
Together they decided on what additional seeds they needed to buy and what types of plants they needed to purchase. They decided to plant onions, radishes, carrots, beets and cucumbers from seeds and tomatoes, peppers and zucchini from plants. This is an ambitious and determined bunch! They are caring for their gardens daily and are thrilled with their abundance.
Gardening is great knowledge for anyone as well as a key to a healthier lifestyle. But there is more you can't immediately see. From their one simple idea these young men formed a team. They planned what they needed to succeed, and now work together (and separately) to reach their goals. Their self-confidence has soared. They are enjoying the fruits (vegetables) of their labors. Their levels of independence has significantly increased.
Their house Lead, Chad Davis, deserves our praise for encouraging and guiding them. Most of these young men already know they love to cook but soon they will be dining on the very food they first knew as seeds. They are living the DakotAbilities mission by discovering their new abilities. Gardening is making their lives more meaningful. That's quite a healthy harvest!
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Our thanks to the Wellmark Foundation for their support of our project: FromDirt to Dining: Healthy Eating Begins With a Seed.
We also want to thank Grand Prairie Foods for donating the flowers for Longfellow Center's flower gardens. This is the third year they have provided flowers for the north side of the building.
Delta Dental of South Dakota put on healthy oral care classes for the people we serve and provided adaptable equipment and supplies for healthy teeth.
No Double Dribble
We love the old gym at Longfellow Center! We play so much basketball there that the balls were falling apart. The Sioux Falls SkyForce stepped right up and donated basketballs from their 2020-2021 season. If you are ever ready to get your butt kicked on a round of HORSE make an appointment with Joe Dvorak at (605) 367-6262 and it will be game on!
How to Be a Smart Shopper
You are probably already shopping online and are likely using Amazon. Take it one step further and shop through AmazonSmile. A percentage of your total purchases will go to DakotAbilities when you choose us as your charity of choice and there is no additional cost to you. Every gift we receive goes directly to benefit the people we support.
The End is Near!
The pandemic must be wrapping up because we are encouraged to begin utilizing reusable bags again. If you didn't buy one (or three) over a year ago, now is your chance to once again purchase a Hy-Vee bag. In August, DakotAbilities will receive $1 for every bag you buy for $2.50. OR you can complete the donation destination request attached to the bag any time. Thank you!
Thank You for Participating!
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Thank you for all you do to provide meaningful lives to the wonderful people we serve!
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