Who is Eric Garza?
I grew up in the Midwest United States, and now live in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. A childhood spent fishing and wandering the field and forest remnants near my suburban home inspired in me an interest in ecology, and eventually coaxed me to ask deeper questions about how the human enterprise engages with the landscapes we inhabit. My undergraduate education focused on biology and chemistry, while graduate school presented opportunities to study environmental science and policy, ecological economics, and energy systems. My formal education, along with my well-developed senses of curiosity and wonder, informs my trans-disciplinary understanding of how the world works and how things came to be the way they are. These understandings are still very much evolving.
I make my living as an educator. I teach courses at the nexus of agricultural, food, energy, and environmental systems at the University of Vermont to both undergraduates and graduate students. Most of my courses are offered in a traditional classroom setting, though my online offerings are becoming increasingly popular. I have taught at other colleges and universities too, and am open to exploring online teaching opportunities at other institutions. Systems thinking plays a significant role in the classes I teach, and it also informs my approach to consulting and research. I produce a podcast called A Worldview Apart, and have a YouTube channel.
When I am not teaching, working with clients, or editing podcast episodes or YouTube videos, you can often find me wandering Vermont’s forests and fields in search of edible wild plants or mushrooms, or scouting for the upcoming hunting season. I practice and sometimes teach animal tracking, making wooden bows and arrows, and other ‘ancestral’ skills. I have a long-standing interest in martial arts and meditation, and am constantly experimenting with diet, nutrition, and other wellness practices.
Feel free to use my website’s contact form to reach out to me. You can also find me on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and on Instagram.