Faculty Profile

Josh Slotnick

Josh Slotnick

PEAS Farm Director, Lecturer

Email: joshua.slotnick@mso.umt.edu
Office Hours:

Please call or email me for an appointment.

The PEAS Farm is located in the Rattlesnake area of Missoula at 3010 Duncan Drive.


Courses

EVST 390 and 590 (the graduate version) - The PEAS Internship

EVST 430 - Culture and Agriculture

EVST 495 - Appropriate Technology

Personal Summary

I am a vegetable grower by training, a teacher through practice, and everything I do feels like cooperative community development. I have the great good fortune to spend most of my time working with our students on the PEAS farm, a 9.75 acre vegetable farm, a bike ride from campus. We run the farm in partnership with a local non-profit, Garden City Harvest, and my work with students and the farm often overlap with the mission of the non-profit: education for anyone who walks through the gate and wants to join in, beautiful food for those with the least access to it, and the opportunity for personal growth for all. We operate the farm by the grace of our community and the biological character of this place, learning those parameters is on ongoing project. In the off season I teach on campus, play pond hockey and talk about food and farming wherever I am invited.

Education

MS Agriculture Extension and Adult Education, Cornell University

Research Interests

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.