I have a degree in Philosophy from the University of Montana, a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Masters Degree in Agriculture Extension and Adult Education from Cornell University. After college I served in the Peace Corps in Thailand, from 1988 -91. I have been farming in Missoula since 1992 when I co-founded Clark Fork Organics with my wife and a partner. The farm is still in my family, and I play a limited role in the business. You may see me vending at the Missoula Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings or Tuesday evenings in the summer time.
In the fall of 1996, I was able to work closely with a small group of UM faculty, City staff and some of Missoula's non-profiteers to start the Garden City Harvest project, P.E.A.S. (the Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society - Deborah Slicer and I spent an afternoon searching for the right vegetable acronym), and the GCH/PEAS community farm where I work and teach today. I am very attached to Missoula - it's where my children are growing up - and I try to use my time to keep Missoula livable, beautiful and affordable.
I am on the board of homeWord, a non-profit that works on housing, home ownership and asset building for low-income people. I served a two year term on the Missoula County weed board, I was on the AERO (Alternative Energy Resources Organization) board for 4 years, and was a member of the technical review committee for this region's chapter of the Organic Crop Association of Montana from 1996 - 2001. I coach kid's soccer and basketball, and I'm a clumsy but happy-to-be-here telemark skier.
I am interested in small scale sustainable agriculture from a technical, biological, and economic standpoint. My job is to manage a vegetable farm of nearly 10 acres. The work continually humbles and fascinates me. I'm also perpetually excited about using urban agriculture as a medium to address other problems not typically associated with farming e.g., creeping homogenous sprawl, thin local economies, social alienation, the list can go on and on; really, there are few human issues where growing food well, together, can't but help the situation. I do realize a bias.
E. B. white said, "Farming is 10% agriculture and 90% fixing whats got busted". To me that means diversity, you get to do a lot of different things. I am interested, from a practical standpoint, in appropriate technology, green building, infrastructure design, salvaged materials, managing time, and simply (its actually not simple at all) how to perform physical tasks with quality and grace. Given my status as a recovering adult child of the suburbs, these issues, once tenets of common wisdom, hold limitless possibilities for learning. Academically, I'm interested in how literature, fine arts, history and philosophy have treated farmers and farming, and similarly, how agriculture has pulled at those disciplines.
EVST 390 and 590 (the graduate version) - The PEAS Internship
EVST 430 - Culture and Agriculture
EVST 495 - Appropriate Technology
MS Agriculture Extension and Adult Education, Cornell University