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 design, modern homesteading, holistic animal husbandry, and sustainable food production through a mentorship program offering 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!