Philip is a farmer, author, and educator with decades of experience and expertise in founding and in leading sustainable agriculture and food systems programs for undergraduate and graduate students.
As an educator, Philip is intrigued by innovative approaches in helping students and communities develop more complex understandings of sustainable agriculture, food systems, and social change. Having founded a 23 acre organic college farm and also the first online graduate program in food systems in the US, he is an advocate of hands-on experiential education and the best of what online education can offer — and revels in the tension between those two radically different approaches. As a farmer, he is particularly interested in grass-based agriculture and livestock conservation. As an author, he is driven by digging into cutting edge issues and revealing the complexities of their lessons for a broad audience.
Philip is the author of A Precautionary Tale, Rebuilding the Foodshed, and UpTunket Road, published by Chelsea Green Publishing. Most recently, he has served as Professor of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems and Sustainable Food Solutions Initiative Director at Green Mountain College, where he was instrumental to that college’s sustainability initiatives.
Philip teaches in and leads Sterling’s continuing education program, The School of the New American Farmstead, with its leading-edge short courses that inspire lifelong environmental stewardship for residential and non-residential adult students of all ages.
He and his wife Erin live in Pawlett, Vermont on UpTunket Farm, where they manage a grass-based herd of approximately 30-60 rare breed cattle, American Milking Devons.
|M.S. Environmental Biology||Antioch New England Graduate School|
|B.A. Philosophy||St. Andrews College (NC)|
|A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017)|
|“Agroecology & Diversity: Toward Poison-Free Farming & Earth Democracy in Action” appeared in Bhoomi: Listening to the Mountains, published by Navdanya Research Foundation for Science, Technology, & Ecology: October 2017|
|Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013)|
|Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010)|
|“Mountain Farmers: Lives Etched in Landscapes”/“Bergbauern: Leben in die Landschaft gezeichnet” in Bergwelt im Wandel: Festschrift Erika Hubatschek zum 90. Geburtstag, Verlag des Kaertner Landesarchivs, Klagenfurt, 2007|
|Vom Leben am Steilhang/This Field On My Back (Verlag Dr. Erika Hubatschek, Innsbruck, 1995)|
|“Schalensteine auf den Langseeplatte” (Der Schlern 69/1995 Heft 5): Article in South Tirolean archaeological magazine|
|Die Frucht Ihrer Arbeit/Into Their Labors (Verlag Brunnenburg Agricultural Museum, Dorf Tirol, Italy, 1994)|