The days of the family farm, with a red-painted barn, a few cows (hopefully sane) and a hundred acres of corn are ancient history. GDU has focused its agricultural program on the city resident.

AG 101: WEEDS Weeds can be grown in aesthetic arrangements. This is useful when city officials attempt to cite you for violating local ordinances against growing noxious plants on your property.

AG 102: AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENT Various investment opportunities in agriculture, such as in Columbia, will be studied. Further information on this course will only be provided upon proof, to GDU's satisfaction, of no criminal or civil liability to GDU, its officers, directors, employees or agents.

AG 103: HOME GARDENING FOR FUN AND PROFIT Unofficial reports indicate that the cultivation of marijuana may be America's largest cash crop. How to conceal your garden from aerial surveillance and the use of marketing cooperatives will be covered.

AG 104: HOW TO EVADE THE RECLAMATION LAW (Of special interest to the sons and daughters of farmers in Arizona and California). The United States insists that federally subsidized water in the West should only be available to family farmers. How to evade this law and get cheap federal water to irrigate 10,000 acres of cotton is the focus of these Course Materials.

AG 105: URBAN LIVESTOCK Raising animals for profit has long been a important aspect of the agricultural experience. However, it is seriously impractical to raise cattle or sheep in urban apartments. But, due to the demand for small household pets, vast new markets have emerged for the raising and selling of hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, canaries, finches, and boa constrictors. Learn how to turn your spare bedroom or balcony into a mini-ranch.

AG 106: THE FAMILY FARM The modern family farm requires at least one family member to hassle with the federal government, one member to deal with the bank, one to keep the equipment working, and one to actually go out in the fields to see if the crops are growing. Learn how the break-up of the traditional American family has threatened the existence of the family farm.

AG 107: PEST CONTROL Besides the risks of bugs, the modern farmer must constantly try to avoid his or her farm from being foreclosed. Learn ecologically friendly ways to control pests and bankers.


Copyright 1997,1999 by Hugh Holub