Harper received his undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon in 1995, and has been involved with the Urban Farm Program since 1992. He began his teaching career as an adjunct instructor beginning in 2001 and has been directing the Urban Farm Program as a Career Instructor since 2008. In addition to running the farm, he serves on the Faculty Advisory Council of the UO Food Studies program.
Harper earned his MLA in 2011 centering on experimental, place-based education within the pedogogy of Landscape Architecture. He was central to the creation of the Food for Lane County Grass Roots Garden Program beginning in 1996, and has extensive experience working with Urban Farm-related programs throughout our local agararian community. As an active board officer with the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition, Harper has over ten years of experience in the local non-profit sector, working on issues related to food production, education, access and equity. His Professional Practice experience has been centered around the work he did while with the Eugene based Design-Build Firm, Daichi Landscape.
For more information about the Urban Farm Program, please visit the the Urban Farm website.