As part of the outreach efforts of Deep Dirt Institute, in May Kate Tirion paid a visit to the Sierra Vista 2019 Master Gardener class. Kate spoke on the concepts of Permaculture and how this simple concept could change a desolate area, into a lush and plush desert oasis. Kate also shared her enthusiasm and hope about how we could all play a role in the climate crisis we are facing.
It was a very thought provoking presentation that brought a different dimension to gardening that had not been previously taught in the class. Many of the students were very impressed with Kate’s talk and were bursting to learn more practical skills. As a result, a field trip to tour Deep Dirt Institute in Patagonia was organized.
The tour took place a few weeks after the class visit and it involved Kate showing the students how Deep Dirt has transformed the land using Permaculture principles. The topics discussed included how urbanite and native grasses can be used to slow the water flow and thereby absorb more water into the land. This causes a cascade of events when the land is nourished with water - not the least of which is bringing back the native habitat.
Observation skills were also one of the main topics touched upon in the tour. Observation is a key skill in Permaculture design. When you take the time to observe the natural patterns, you can design systems to work with nature and not against it.
After the tour, the Master Gardeners were enthused on how they could apply the simple principles learned to their own plot of land. One Master Gardener even gave specific details about how he was going to restore an eroded wash area on his land. We are very excited to have played a role in this transformation.
In going out to reach the public beyond the borders of Deep Dirt Institute, we help to spread the message, so that each person can play their role in the climate crisis. At Deep Dirt Institute, we strongly believe that we can restore the land, restore ourselves and reimagine the future.