As well as being a farmer, professor, author, and experienced speaker, I am also fortunate to be loved and humbled by my three children and my wise wife, Erin, who play and work with me on our farm and homestead, UpTunket Farm, in Pawlet, Vermont.
A Full Professor at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, I began establishing the college farm in 1996 and then worked to create an undergraduate major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production, all the while building bridges between the college and the community and developing innovative means to bring more local and sustainable foods into the college dining hall. In fact, it was my collaborative work with Chef Dave in the college’s dining hall to create the college’s widely-respected Sustainable Purchasing Initiative that helped me see the world between farm gate and dinner plate—and ultimately pushed me to move from a more constrained perspective of sustainable agriculture and begin to focus on sustainable food systems.
I am currently the Director of the GMC Farm & Food Project, linking the college to the region through his service on multiple boards and councils. I also founded and direct the Masters in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) graduate program, the nation’s first online graduate program in sustainable food systems.
With diverse farming experience raising fruits and vegetables in the Italian Alps and North Carolina, my family and I now have a grass-based livestock operation featuring American Milking Devon cattle on our off-grid farm in Pawlet, Vermont. I have authored two books, Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems and Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader, both published by Chelsea Green Publishing.