The Dirt Rich School is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the next generation to imitate and learn from nature in order to create a more sustainable future. The school is located on Compass Rose Farms, a stunning, lush 40-acre property that is a peaceful sanctuary with forest, fields, creeks and paths. There are countless places to wander, sit and observe nature. In addition, it is home to a beautiful permaculture demonstration site. We are located near Port Townsend at the tip of Discovery Bay in Northwest Washington.

We teach permaculture and modern homesteading life skills through a mentorship program using a hands on learning experience. Along with the traditional whiteboard learning methods, we incorporate outdoor greenboard lectures to create a dynamic educational environment. This allows for students to observe and interact with nature as the classroom. The school facilitates a place to learn, a place to grow, and a place to inspire change.


If you are interested in sustainable living or permaculture and don’t know where to begin, our school is a great place to start! For those who already have a Permaculture Design Certificate, we can provide you the hands on experience you are looking for!