Manual Arts

When we say manual arts . . . we mean WORK.

And lots of it!




Our goal is a society of free and independent people; the development of true American leaders which requires the knowledge, wisdom, common sense, “disinterestedness,” and self-reliance that the liberal arts and the manual arts created together.


At Monticello College we call it “liber education.”



We believe that the manual arts are of immense value to human development, the making of leaders, and being independent.

Here are just a few ways in which we teach working hard:


  • Use of garden hand tools
  • Green housing and aquaponics
  • Raising and planting seedlings
  • Weeding and watering crops and gardens
  • Horticulture
  • Arboriculture/orchard management
  • Food harvesting, preservation, and storage
  • Feeding, caring for, and reproduction of farm animals
  • Butchering livestock
  • Permaculture
  • Biodynamics
  • Blacksmithing
  • Vermiculture (keeping worms)
  • Apiculture (beekeeping)
  • Firearm safety and use
  • Culinary Arts (organic, whole foods preparation)
  • Soil building, preparation, and maintenance
  • Edifice construction: standard and alternative
  • Energy production: solar, wind, and passive means of heating and cooling
  • Primitive and self-sufficiency skills

The desire to recreate an environment for a liber education is what led us to build our campus in a little-known region of southeastern Utah—a place where we can study hard, work hard, and play hard—to build New American Founders.