Connecting with Nature: Youth Foraging for Mushrooms at The Production Farm's Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic
Welcome to The Production Farm's news blog, where we share stories of growth, healing, and connection. In this post, we are excited to highlight a unique and inspiring experience that took place at our Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic. Our young participants recently embarked on an adventure of foraging for mushrooms, not only learning about nature's bounty but also teaching their providers a thing or two. Join us as we delve into the transformative power of youth engagement and the therapeutic benefits of connecting with the natural world.
Youth Empowerment and Provider Engagement:
One of the most remarkable aspects of this outing was the role reversal that took place. Our young participants became the teachers, sharing their knowledge and expertise about foraging with their providers. This unique dynamic empowered the youth, giving them a sense of pride and accomplishment as they guided their providers through the woods, identifying various mushroom species and explaining their culinary and medicinal uses. The experience fostered a sense of camaraderie and mutual respect between the participants and their providers, enhancing the therapeutic bond.
We are grateful for the experiences shared during this outing, and we look forward to continuing our journey of healing and growth at The Production Farm's Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic. Nature has much to offer, and we are dedicated to harnessing its power for the well-being of our community.
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Building Skills and Empowering Communities: The Progress of The Production Farm's Carpentry Wood Shop
Welcome to The Production Farm's news blog! We are thrilled to share the latest updates on our exciting venture in Manitowoc County. As a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals through mental health and vocational skills training, we are delighted to announce the progress on our new carpentry wood shop. This dedicated space will serve as a hub for learning, creativity, and community engagement. Join us as we delve into the remarkable journey of transforming this space into a hub for skill development and programming.
Creating Opportunities for Vocational Skills:
At The Production Farm, we firmly believe that acquiring vocational skills can be a life-changing experience. With the establishment of our carpentry wood shop, we aim to provide individuals of all backgrounds with the opportunity to learn valuable skills in woodworking and carpentry. This space will be equipped with state-of-the-art tools and resources, creating an ideal environment for hands-on learning and practical application.
Expanding the Possibilities:
The carpentry wood shop at The Production Farm is not just about teaching woodworking skills; it is about offering a platform for personal growth, creativity, and self-expression. By engaging in our programming, participants will not only gain technical knowledge but also develop problem-solving abilities, teamwork, and an entrepreneurial mindset. Our workshops and training sessions will be led by experienced craftsmen and educators, ensuring that every participant receives expert guidance and mentorship.
Community Engagement and Collaboration:
The Production Farm firmly believes in the power of community. Our new carpentry wood shop will serve as a gathering place for individuals who share a passion for craftsmanship and a desire to make a positive impact. We are actively collaborating with local businesses, schools, and organizations to foster partnerships and create a network of support. By working together, we can leverage collective resources and expertise to amplify the impact of our programs and benefit the wider community.
Programming for All Ages and Interests:
Our goal is to create a space that accommodates individuals of all ages and interests. Whether you are a student looking to explore a potential career path, an adult seeking to enhance your skillset, or a retiree eager to pursue a hobby, The Production Farm's carpentry wood shop will have something for everyone. From basic woodworking techniques to advanced craftsmanship, our diverse range of programming will cater to individuals at various skill levels.
The Production Farm is excited to witness the progress of our new carpentry wood shop in Manitowoc County. We are committed to providing a transformative experience for individuals seeking vocational skills and personal development. Through this dedicated space, we aim to empower our community by nurturing talent, fostering creativity, and promoting lifelong learning.
Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to work towards the grand opening of our carpentry wood shop. Together, we can build a brighter future, one skill at a time. Join us on this remarkable journey, and let's create something extraordinary together!
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Donor Spotlight - Robinson Metals
With the recent completion of our Sheboygan Falls location, The Production Farm added a number of therapy, skill building, recreational, music, art resource and activity areas and rooms that are being sponsored by area community partners who help us co-promote mental health and work with us to raise awareness about the importance of mental health as a key component in overall wellness and well being.
Robinson Metal, which operates locations in areas has partnered with The Production Farm to sponsor the sensory rooms at both Manitowoc and Sheboygan locations. An innovator and pioneer in metal fabrication, Robinson help facilities director Erik Foat and our ace facilities team to create sensory lite brite inspired boards in the new Robinson Metal Sensory Rooms.
Thank you to our extended Farmily at Robinson Metal for their support of TPF’s mental health programs and for promoting mental wellness for all. Robinson will also be creating a series of unique signage for the Farm’s locations and will partner with us on future vocational skill building.
Emily Kunde, LPC Behavioral Health Manager of The Production Farm help NAMI and Manitowoc County Law Enforcement Complete CIT Training
Today I was invited to the first Manitowoc County CIT training where I acted in my role as a mental health professional to observe and assist in debriefing with law enforcement staff as they completed a series of role playing exercises Being the first time this training was held in Manitowoc County, I wasn’t sure what to expect in both my role and that of the law enforcement engaged in training. What I found was a group of dedicated individuals that took this training opportunity seriously and sought to really support our community members with diverse mental health needs. I was asked to support and provide feedback on a scenario centered around a report made that there was a gentleman that was pacing on a bridge. Officers we essentially sent in with no further information and were asked to utilize a trauma informed and person centered approach to talk this man off the bridge. Every set of officers were successful in this endeavor and were able to avoid escalating or triggering the person on the bridge. When the scene completed the CIT trained officer talked through what occurred in the scenario, what they felt went well, and areas they felt they could have handled things differently. The CIT officer, myself, and the individual playing the suicidal individual all talked about what we saw, as well as, alternative opportunities and possibilities. It is certain that every scenario a law enforcement professional encounters is going to be unique and one role play could not offer a full blue print for all future encounters, but understanding the tenets behind taking a very person centered, trauma informed approach to working with the citizens of our community is one of the key components to positive police interactions and NAMI and Manitowoc County Law Enforcement are on the absolute right track. I feel honored to have been asked to support these hard working groups as they increase their knowledge and understanding of working with individuals in crisis.
Emily Kunde, LPC
Behavioral Health Manager
The Production Farm
The Production Farm to Present at UWGB Mind the Mind Symposium, Highlighting Community Health's Impact on Youth Mental Health Programs
Sheboygan, WI - The Production Farm, a non-profit mental and behavioral health organization dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and trauma informed care, has been invited to present at the first annual Mind the Mind Symposium hosted by UW-Green Bay and Mental Health America Lakeshore partnership. The symposium, set to take place on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at the UWGB Sheboygan campus, aims to educate community and business influencers about the critical significance of mental health while shedding light on the evolving landscape of mental well-being. With a focus on youth mental health programs, The Production Farm will deliver a compelling talk on the crucial role that community health plays in the well-being of young individuals. As mental health continues to gain recognition as an essential aspect of overall wellness, understanding the influence of community environment on youth mental health programs becomes paramount.
The Presentation by The Production Farm will address the multifaceted ways in which community health can shape the experiences and outcomes of youth mental health programs. By emphasizing the importance of creating supportive and inclusive communities, the organization seeks to empower attendees with actionable insights to drive positive change. "We are honored to be part of the UWGB Mind the Mind Symposium," Said Wyatt Kuether, CEO of The Production Farm. "We are not put here alone, we don't go through this life alone, we are all in this together. Those who come next are our future, we have a small amount of time here to make a difference, to till the soil, and if we do this together the world can change. It can become what we all are wanting to leave behind. Mental Health can look like a jacket, like a meal, like a service, look like therapy. If everyone knows that, is working toward that, what an amazing place this can be. Together."
The Mind the Mind Symposium represents a collaborative effort between UW-Green Bay and Mental Health America Lakeshore partnership, who both share a common goal of enhancing mental health resources and education within our communities. The symposium promises to be a thought-provoking event, featuring a diverse lineup of speakers, workshops, and interactive sessions. The UWGB Mind the Mind Symposium is open to community members, mental health professionals, educators, and business leaders interested in gaining a deeper understanding of mental health and its impact on invidividuals, families, and communities. Registration for the symposium is now open and attendees are encourage to reserve their spots.
For more information about the UWGB Mind the Mind Symposium and to register for the event, please visit the official symposium website at https://www.uwgb.edu/mind-the-mind-symposium/.
About The Production Farm:
The Production Farm is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Behavioral and Mental Health Outpatient Clinic. Our services include: therapy and counseling, psychoeducation, and skill development. We envision a world where every individual has a safe place and basic needs. We provide mental and behavioral health services and layered supports to individuals and families of all ages. We integrate whole-body needs into our treatment programs with healthy food programs, community outreach, sensory experiences, and physical exercise. We also distribute essential daily living items to individuals within our local communities. Our work allows us together, to create space for individual growth and shared experience that inform, connect, engage, and inspire through trauma informed compassionate care.
"We are not put here alone, we don't go through this life alone, we are all in this together. Those who come next are our future, we have a small amount of time here to make a difference, to till the soil, and if we do this together the world can change. It can become what we all are wanting to leave behind. Mental Health can look like a jacket, like a meal, like a service, look like therapy. If everyone knows that, is working toward that, what an amazing place this can be. Together."
Thank you to Orion and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center and John Michael Kohler Arts Preserve. Grateful to Orion Energy Systems, Inc. of Manitowoc, for the tour of their facilities and for brainstorming with leaders of The Production Farm on how we can work together to make our corner of the world a little brighter for many. We look forward to collaborating with them on future projects. For more information on how Orion can light up your world, Click Here To Visit our Partner Website >>>
We offer Whole-Body Treatment Approaches
TPF is a pioneer in innovative, evidence-based modalities in trauma-informed mental and behavioral health care. We offer a comprehensive approach to overall wellness, taking into account first, basic needs of our clients according to the Maslow’s hierarchy of basic needs. In keeping with Maslow’s pyramid, we offer support for those with food and housing insecure. One of the ways in which we do this is through our gardening programs for our clients. They learn how to plant, forage and cook with their own home-grown fresh produce. We make sure that all items from our gardens are distributed utilized by our clients, their families and the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, near our Manitowoc farm location.
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Check out our facility staff putting in our spring gardens at both our Manitowoc and Sheboygan Locations.
Our Manitowoc Community Garden is sponsored by Festival Foods
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TPF Founders Offer Insights at Wisconsin State hearing on the State of Mental and Behavioral Health Therapy Programs
In March of 2023, the members of the State of WI Assembly Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse heard from TPF COO Kayla Hohmann and TPF founder and CEO Wyatt Kuether about the state of mental health care delivery and how it can be improved in the state for the benefit of all citizens.
Part of the mission of TPF is to ensure the communities whose families we serve have the bandwith, resources and abilities to handle myriad mental health needs of its youth and adult populations and at risk groups.
TPF has been a catalyst for a new paradigm in mental health care through community partnerships. We reach out to area corporations, government and not for profit agencies to work together with us for the benefit of the communities. We thank Rep. Tittl for recognizing The Production Farm’s efforts to improve the system and government’s role helping us serve the needs overall so we can, in turn, serve as many people as possible.
TPF has been a co partner with NAMI of Manitowoc, Suicide Prevention of Manitowoc and AODA support agencies to ensure mental health services are accessible to all and there is mental health equity for all. The Production Farm has created a non-traditional approach to mental health care through our non-profit model. At the invitation of Rep. Paul Tittle, who represents Manitowoc, Hohmann and Kuether offered insights on how our pioneering model for trauma informed care can be adapted and provided suggestions on improvements at the state level that would help mental and behavioral health agencies.
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