Deep Dirt Institute

Campus Address:

#76 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

Our History

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.