Borderlands partners with Deep Dirt Farm Institute (DDFI) on watershed restoration, hands-on workshops, and science projects. The Institute is located at Deep Dirt Farm, which comprises 34 acres with deep agricultural soils, bisected by an ephemeral stream/wildlife corridor. The farm lies within a folded topography of hills, small sheltered valleys & a broad meadow of the Sky Island region.
Watershed Restoration – Here a gabbion built by volunteers of all ages and erosion structures meant to slow, spread, and sink water to rehabilitate a man-made erosion channel. The restoration work at DDFI works at the interface between soils, plants & people.
Soils – A lot of the work at DDFI is done to increase fertility and grow soil. Here is Bethany of BR and Women Grow Food Group and one of the compost piles, turning “waste” into soil.
Plants – Pollinator supporting plants have been added across the Farm, next to greenhouses & in the wild spaces beyond. Here, interns have fun transplanting native plants.
People – Explorations of the human/nature interface, greenhouses for native plants & food crops, and redefining stewardship & rein habitation. Here, members of the Women Grow Food Group prepare garden beds & have a little fun!
Hands-On Workshops – DDFI hosts small & large groups of all ages to participate in watershed restoration activities. Here members of Tucson’s Food Conspiracy Coop Director’s Board rock earth berms.
Science – Borderlands & USGS are working together to research the effectiveness of erosion-control structures installed across landscapes. The research looks at ground water recharge, sediment detention, soil moisture, and vegetation change. Using advanced technologies like LiDar and remote sensing, USGS is helping Borderlands push the boundaries of knowledge for hydrological restoration techniques in the arid Southwest. Deep Dirt is a field site for collaborations with USGS.
Find out how your group can come learn & play at Deep Dirt! Contact Kate Tirion, owner: ddfillc-at-gmail-dot-com or Call: 520-604-7654