July 2020 update: as the legal and practical dissolution of Deep Dirt Institute unfolds over the summer, Women Grow Food continues to produce food at Deep Dirt Farm. Kate Tirion is taking a few months’ hiatus to focus her energies on new projects; other regulars have departed to spend their summers in friendlier climes. Cheridyn Egan has stepped in to serve as interim coordinator, ably guiding the efforts of four WGF members and a handful of volunteers who continue to tend the summer plantings in alternating, COVID-wise shifts, trap the endless legions of vermin and pests who find the farm’s veggies irresistible, and perform the other myriad tasks required to keep the vegetable beds producing. As of today (July 5), summer squash, beets, savoy cabbage, kale, garlic and onions are being harvested, while winter squash, potatoes, pumpkins, beans, carrots, tomatoes, dill, fennel, basil, broccoli, chard, eggplant, cucumbers, parsley and peppers are coming on. The ducks have been relocated to Kate and Richard’s home for the summer to lessen the caretaking burden at the farm, but the property continues to hum not only with the buzz of countless pollinators but also with unending birdsong and the raucous cawing of emboldened ravens. 


With the advent of fall—marked by the completion of DDI’s absorption by Borderlands Restoration Network, commencement of the fall planting season and the return of itinerant WGF members—food production activities at Deep Dirt should resume their pre-COVID pace. Doubtless there will be changes, as BRN strives to incorporate small-scale, sustainable food production into its repertoire of programming. Women Grow Food looks forward to this opportunity to grow (pardon the pun), evolve, strengthen, and expand to meet the challenges that face us all of us trying to rescale and localize our food system in regenerative ways.


For the foreseeable future, WGF will continue to need support in order to retain Cheridyn Egan as WGF coordinator and to buy seed, new mouse/rat/gopher traps and bait and many other supplies. WGF members and anyone else wishing to contribute financial support should mail their contributions to Borderlands Restoration Network, P.O. Box 121, Patagonia, AZ 85624. You can also donate online

July 5, 2020

Over the long stretch of life, moments arise that are seemingly too large to comprehend in the present. Most often they are personal; occasionally they impact a society, a culture, perhaps even an entire species. We are in such a moment. Though devastating in its consequences for our species, the coronavirus pandemic has allowed space for most non-sapiens to express life mo...

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...

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