“Agriculture plays a huge role in human history, and I’m passionate about the role it will play in our future. I want to teach people about the importance of food and farming and give them the skills to be successful in this dynamic and growing field.”

Heather Estrada, Ph.D.
Agriculture Assistant Professor/Program Director

Heather Estrada brings a wide range of experience to her position as the agriculture assistant professor and program director at Flathead Valley Community College. Prior to coming to FVCC to develop the new agriculture program, Heather worked as an assistant professor of cropping systems at Montana State University’s Northwestern Agriculture Research Center in Creston and as a land use agronomist in Alberta, Canada. Heather earned her Ph.D. in plant science at the University of Alberta, Canada, where she taught courses including Cereal, Oilseed and Pulse Crops and Advanced Biometrical Techniques in Agricultural Science.  In addition to her experience in the field, Heather has been published in academic journals such as “Crop Science,” “Agronomy Journal” and “Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.” This fall, Heather will teach Animal Science, Plant Science and Introduction to Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems.



“Students enrolled in this program can look forward to a blend of classroom and hands-on learning about food production and managing successful farm enterprises.  I’m excited to play an integral part in their education through leadership at the campus farm.”

Julian Cunningham
FVCC Farm Manager

Having owned and operated Swallow Crest Farm here in the Flathead Valley since 1997, Julian Cunningham brings many years of small-scale farming experience to his job as FVCC Campus Farm Manager. In addition to production of organic vegetables and fruits for local consumption, he has provided internships on his farm since 2000. He earned degrees in elementary education and general studies from the University of Idaho and has worked in sustainable agriculture in Missouri, Norway, Idaho and Montana. Julian looks forward to combining his passions for education, farming and building construction as the college prepares to launch its new Integrated Agriculture and Food Systems Program this fall.

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