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DDFI is a working permaculture farm that teaches people how to live; it takes us beyond sustainability, to resilience and regeneration.
DDFI is a working permaculture farm that teaches people how to live; it takes us beyond sustainability, to resilience and regeneration.
51 backers pledged $3,631 to help bring this project to life.

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Permaculture for Systemic Change

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Imagine a world in which we rethink how to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems by creating local solutions. Imagine a world where we make beautiful organic soil, so full of life that it enlivens the plants that feed us, supporting robust health. Imagine a world where waste is a resource to be used creatively for restoring the land, for building, for artful design. Imagine a world where buildings feel as if they grew right out of the earth, using your hands, hearts and minds. At Deep Dirt Farm Institute we not only imagine this ~ it is our way of life and we want to share it with you.

Often times when we read about producing our own organic food, or creating less waste, or re-using the resources around us that we might have thrown away, it feels hard to even know where to start. Once we do begin, the work sometimes seems unending or expensive, and we may feel we need to compromise our desire to live with beauty, ease, and comfort in our desire to “do the right thing” for our planet.

Deep Dirt Farm is unique in its practice of creating stunning and artful ways to live out our values, and is demonstrating this in one of the most surprising and remarkable landscapes on Earth- the Sonoran Desert. Using permaculture design techniques, collaborative farming practices, land and water restoration methods, and much more, Deep Dirt Farm practices a locally specific and purposeful approach to living with abundance and living well.

For the past 8 years Kate Tirion and her husband Richard Connolly have been cultivating, building and teaching permaculture, organic, sustainable farming, and blacksmithing from Deep Dirt Farm Institute in Patagonia, Arizona. The Institute is located at Deep Dirt Farm, which comprises 34 acres with deep agricultural soils, bisected by an ephemeral stream and wildlife corridor. The farm lies within a folded topography of hills, small sheltered valleys & broad meadow. Thousands of students, young and old alike, have been drawn throughout the years to come to learn and participate in workshops and retreats and seminars, learning from these remarkable people and their community. The result of this hands-on learning has been revolutionary, with folks leaving empowered to create their own sustainable projects when they return home. Now, they’ve asked for more, and Deep Dirt has heard the call.

Deep Dirt Farm Institute is now preparing for significant growth in its facilities and programs to accommodate even more new students over the coming 3 years. We need your help today! Your support will enable Deep Dirt Farm Institute to add needed buildings and features to enhance the current curriculum and expand the Institute's teaching facilities to reach more people starting in 2016.

Show your support now and make a measurable difference in the planet this year! Join us and participate in a totally unique, revitalizing and restorative week or weekend retreat and come away refreshed and educated how to support yourself, your family and your local community through organic, sustainable farming techniques, restoration practices, and permaculture design you can use anywhere!

Deep Dirt Farm Institute Week or Weekend Retreat

Come spend an entire week or a full weekend at our 34-acre organic, sustainable farm teaching facility and enjoy hands-on workshops in:

  • Organic urban gardening

  • Composting

  • Pollinator habitat creation

  • Native grasses

  • Adobe brick making

  • Tiny house construction

  • Blacksmithing

Guests can help harvest their own lunch from the variety of fresh produce in our greenhouse and grains will be ground on site to prepare fresh baked bread.

DEEP DIRT FARM INSTITUTE FACILITY EXPANSION

See the list and location of nearly 40 existing and 20 future elements and features for Deep Dirt Farm Institute on Google Maps.

This Kickstarter Campaign:

  • Roof Structure for Underground Seed Storage ($2,500)

Phase I School Expansion Projects:

  • Septic System & Toilet ($30,000)

  • Additional Student/Intern Housing ($12,500)

  • Plumbing System for Cisterns ($10,000)

  • Additional Student/Intern Housing ($12,500)

  • Additional Student/Intern Housing ($12,500)

  • Additional Student/Intern Housing ($12,500)

  • Outdoor Kitchen Improvements & Expansion ($30,000)

Phase II School Expansion Projects:

  • Spirit Circle ($10,000)

  • Vegetable Processing & Hand Tool Storage ($8,000)

  • Blacksmith Shop ($150,000)

  • Phase III School Expansion Projects:
  • Footbridge to Connect Greenhouses ($20,000)

  • Subterranean Greenhouse ($150,000)

  • 2-Story Barn Classrooms / Dormitory ($240,000)

  • Upper Cistern ($10,000)

  • Machinery Building ($10,000)

  • Custodial Housing ($100,000)

  • Expanded Seed Production Beds ($21,500)

  • Below-Ground Solar Power Connection Grid ($35,000)

Future Expansion Projects ($200,000):

  • Solar Power System

  • Electric Vehicles

  • Additional Composting Toilets

  • Additional Showers

Risks and challenges

As an experienced center of permaculture training, Deep Dirt Farm Institute is well prepared to meet the challenges in expanding its teaching facility to increase the number of students that will participate annually.

While there are always challenges presented by nature, time and the unknown, here Deep Dirt Farm Institute is seeking supporters and participants to build the infrastructure and public participation and education through proven techniques and decades of experience.

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    Show your support of Deep Dirt Farm Institute and help others bring real change to the planet today!

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    Certificate of Support

    You will receive a beautiful Deep Dirt Farm Institute bumper sticker that says "Restore the Land, Restore Ourselves" to show your participation helping people and the planet be better!

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    Super Cool Deep Dirt Farm Institute Reusable Grocery Bag

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    Weekend Workshop for 1 Participant

    You will choose from a wide assortment of available dates to come to Deep Dirt Farm Institute to learn about sustainable farming and permaculture including gardening, composting, native plants, seed production, water management, adobe house building, and so much more!

    (Reward includes all tuition and materials to attend Deep Dirt Farm Institute and on-site lunch on the Farm. Travel and accommodations not included).

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    Weekend Workshop for 2 Participants

    You and your guest will choose from a wide assortment of available dates to come to Deep Dirt Farm Institute to learn about sustainable farming and permaculture including gardening, composting, native plants, seed production, water management, adobe house building, and so much more!

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    Full Week Workshop for 1 Participant

    You will choose from a wide assortment of available dates to come to Deep Dirt Farm Institute to learn about sustainable farming and permaculture including gardening, composting, native plants, seed production, water management, adobe house building, and so much more!

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    Weekend Workshop for 10 Participants

    You and 9 of your guests will choose from a wide assortment of available dates to come to Deep Dirt Farm Institute to learn about sustainable farming and permaculture including gardening, composting, native plants, seed production, water management, adobe house building, and so much more!

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    Full Week Workshop for 2 Participants

    You and your guest will choose from a wide assortment of available dates to come to Deep Dirt Farm Institute to learn about sustainable farming and permaculture including gardening, composting, native plants, seed production, water management, adobe house building, and so much more!

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    Weekend Workshop for 20 Participants AND a Day at the Farm Private Tour and Consultation with Kate Tirion AND naming rights on a funded expansion facility!

    You and 19 of your guests will choose from a wide assortment of available dates to come to Deep Dirt Farm Institute to learn about sustainable farming and permaculture including gardening, composting, native plants, seed production, water management, adobe house building, and so much more!

    IN ADDITION, you will spend a day with Kate Tirion at Deep Dirt Farm Institute for a private consultation and to learn one-on-one about permaculture and the story of Deep Dirt Farm Institute.

    MOST EXCITING, Kate Tirion and friends will give you and your group a guided tour of the Sky Islands and Patagonia region, introducing you to the landscape, the wildlife, and the people-partners who have made this region THE North American hotbed of ecological regeneration, restoration work, and Desert Safaris!

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    Full Week Workshop for 4 Participants AND a Day at the Farm Private Tour and Consultation with Kate Tirion AND naming rights on a funded expansion facility!

    You and your guest will choose from a wide assortment of available dates to come to Deep Dirt Farm Institute to learn about sustainable farming and permaculture including gardening, composting, native plants, seed production, water management, adobe house building, and so much more!

    IN ADDITION, you will spend a day with Kate Tirion at Deep Dirt Farm Institute for a private consultation and to learn one-on-one about permaculture and the story of Deep Dirt Farm Institute.

    MOST EXCITING, Kate Tirion and friends will give you and your group a guided tour of the Sky Islands and Patagonia region, introducing you to the landscape, the wildlife, and the people-partners who have made this region THE North American hotbed of ecological regeneration, restoration work, and Desert Safaris!

    (Reward includes all tuition and materials to attend Deep Dirt Farm Institute and on-site lunch on the Farm. Travel and accommodations not included).

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Funding period

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