March 27, 2020

For several decades I have been observing tremendous disruptions and stresses placed on our ecosystems. Human demand for more (of everything) has pushed our planet to the brink of disaster and we are now witnessing just what our actions have brought about. This outbreak is not a surprise or a mystery. Nor will it be the only one. 

Recovery cannot be embedded purely in new ec...

February 23, 2020

As a Luddite-leaning septuagenerian it surprises me that I am really thankful for a piece of technology: my computer’s ability to sort photos by year, without which I would be challenged to remember all that we accomplished at Deep Dirt Institute and Campus in 2019. It was a phenomenal year, made possible by hard work, engaged students and the generosity of many people, not...

December 12, 2019

According to a recent LendEDU survey, Americans will be spending an average of $668 each to celebrate Christmas in 2019.  The majority of these expenses will be for gifts, followed by travel, then decorations. A full 50% of shopping will be done online, while 47% will involve travel to a store, and a determined 3% plan to hand-make gifts.  Can you guess where most of the sh...

November 4, 2019

This blog contains the opinions of intern, Mackenzie Martin, who is not making official statements on behalf of Deep Dirt Institute.  Mackenzie is a non-Indigenous white woman from Canada. She herself is a student of these topics and does not claim any professional knowledge of them. 

Last summer I learned that the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city hosted an I...

September 25, 2019

Composting is one of the most fundamental practices a gardener can engage in, and is a process used on any permaculture site.  It recycles organic “waste” and turns it into valuable, highly useful material which is used to enrich the soil in vegetable beds, and around trees and other plants. This practice, returns nutrients to the soil and enriches the overall quality of to...

September 17, 2019

This post begins with a simple yet instructive exercise.  Launch your favorite browser and search for the following terms as images:

  

politician

leader

permaculturist

Do you notice any similarities?  (hint: most of the images are of men)

Many people are aware that women, generally speaking, are paid less than men for doing the same work.  In the U.S., for instance, women a...

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