Richard: I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. In my nearly 40-year career as a blacksmith I've worked for Grants-Khors National Historic Site in Deer Lodge, Montana, as a carriage smith for Southwest Wagon and Wheelworks (located in the Museum of the Horse in Patagonia), and as a farrier. My ornamental ironwork can be found in the Creative Spirits Artists Gallery, here at the adobe cottage, and around town - including 19th century iron gates for the library, and handrails at the Nature Conservancy. For the last 18 years, I've managed Dos Palmas Vacation Home here in town.
Kate: I grew up on a farm in Wales in an 11th century farmhouse, and today continue the tradition of sustainable agriculture here in Patagonia, Arizona. My husband Richard and I own land in Patagonia (Deep Dirt Farm Institute or DDFI) that is being developed for sustainable living, and own a place in town ready for out of town guests. I have worked in real estate, energy therapy, and visual art. I am a practicing permaculturist. At DDFI, we are using permaculture principles to create a living model of sustainable systems (see also Facebook page for DDFI). We hold tours and classes that have included hundreds of visitors and volunteers in the last two years. In my youth, I attended the London School of Fashion in the mid-sixties and UC Santa Cruz in the early 90s. I have been married since 1999 and have one daughter and two grandsons who live in Hawaii.