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"Agricultural History for Farmers"

A six-week course designed specifically for agrarians

Jan. 9 - Feb. 13, 2024


This six-week course is designed for those involved in agriculture who are curious about its history, but perhaps too busy during the growing season to take on a traditional university course on the broad sweep of agricultural history. While this course cannot cover the entirety of our collective agricultural past, it will touch on several large themes of global agricultural history—from water to soil, seeds to plastics, early mythology to contemporary storytelling—with conversations on how that history fits into contemporary conversations on local agrarian issues or concerns. Classes meet over Zoom on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 MDT for 1.5 hours, beginning Jan. 9, 2024.


Cost: $150


Minimum Students: 8


Location: Online


Application Deadline: December 15

About the instructor:


Willy Carleton brings two decades of experience farming and gardening to this class. He farmed for over a decade in Albuquerque and northern New Mexico, growing a variety of vegetables for market using regenerative and organic practices. He earned a PhD in History, specializing in environmental history, and is the author of the award-winning Fruit, Fiber, and Fire: A History of Modern Agriculture in New Mexico. He is a writer and educator, helping aspiring gardeners and farmers hone their skills and deepen their connection to the land.

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