In 2005, Kate and Richard purchased 34 acres of heavily grazed and eroded grasslands near Patagonia, Arizona. Since that time, she has overseen the design and implementation of an ambitious, and ever-evolving, permaculture for the property and transformed the site into a teaching center.
Deep Dirt Institute has inspired students and volunteers from throughout the country and the world through workshops, training sessions, internships, and work days. Construction of a 20 x 72 foot cool greenhouse led to the year-round production of vegetables, involvement of local women in a food-growing collaborative, and donations of food to community senior center.
The repurposing of waste materials has supported creation of a duck house, solar water pump, fencing, erosion structures, tiny house building, underground storage unit and other on-site wonders. As part of this repurposing effort, the Institute reduced landfill waste, saved the local school district thousands of dollars, and inspired others to think differently about waste.