Deep Dirt Institute

Campus Physical Address:

Stevens Canyon Road

Patagonia, AZ



© 2019 Deep Dirt Institute

Deep Dirt Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit # 82-1550846 

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 765, Patagonia, AZ 85624

Food Production

"Permaculture advocates designing human systems based on natural ecosystems."

Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.


In addition to the wild plants and animals, DDF's landscape supports food production for humans. Kate hosts gardening workshops that help participants understand how to grow healthy organic food while building soil and revitalizing the landscape. Her gardens and orchards are tucked in among the native plants along her "Path of Least Resistance" that winds through the valley and take advantage of different soil types and micro-climates around the property.


Women Grow Food − Friday Mornings at DDF

Each Friday morning, members of the Women Grow Food program engage in 4 hours of hands-on learning at the Deep Dirt Farm greenhouse, led by permaculture practitioner Kate Tirion, a graduate of the renowned UC Santa Cruz Farm Program. 

Members utilize the DDFI greenhouse facility, tools, seeds, and materials as they gain valuable training in permaculture techniques. Members then leave with a share of the day's seasonal harvest. 


Come join this group of lively, fun and dedicated women as we learn to grow and harvest fresh, organic garden vegetables! 

  • Learn how to grow organic vegetables in the desert.

  • Learn how to build structures that support farming.

  • Learn about integrating human & wildlife habitat from a master teacher.

  • Take home freshly-harvested organic vegetables that you helped produce! Members generally harvest more than $50 worth of organic groceries a month, and we love to share recipes.

Suggested membership fees: $50/month (about $13 per work day), with a sliding scale from $5 to $20 per day.

Please join us for your first two work days at no charge, to meet other members, enjoy a share of the harvest, and experience what Women Grow Food is all about! Email us for directions and details, as our start/end times will shift on Friday mornings as the seasons change.